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What is Mycophenolate Mofetil used for?

Mycophenolate Mofetil is an immunosuppressant drug that is prescribed to prevent the rejection of organ transplants such as kidney, liver, or heart transplant in your body. This medicine suppresses your body's immune system that can attack a transplanted organ. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Mycophenolate Mofetil?

The dosage of Mycophenolate Mofetil prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Mycophenolate Mofetil on an empty stomach one hour before or two hours after meals. Swallow this medicine whole with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew or open it.

What if you miss a dose of Mycophenolate Mofetil?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Mycophenolate Mofetil medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Mycophenolate Mofetil?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Mycophenolate Mofetil, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and unusual bleeding.

What other drugs could interact with Mycophenolate Mofetil?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Mycophenolate Mofetil.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Mycophenolate Mofetil, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Mycophenolate Mofetil can interact with other medicines that weaken the immune system, any other type of antibiotic, and antacids.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil?

Like other medicines, Mycophenolate Mofetil can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Mycophenolate Mofetil can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, and insomnia. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are trouble breathing, fast heart rate, chest pain, bloody stools, problems with vision, and difficult urination. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Mycophenolate Mofetil.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Mycophenolate Mofetil?

Is it possible for me to take Mycophenolate Mofetil with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Mycophenolate Mofetil?
What are the possible drug interactions of Mycophenolate Mofetil?
How will Mycophenolate Mofetil work in my body?
How should Mycophenolate Mofetil be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Mycophenolate Mofetil drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Mycophenolate Mofetil, tell your doctor if you have a kidney disease, stomach ulcer, and fungal infection. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. While using Mycophenolate Mofetil, do not drive, handle machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun.

 

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