Mycophenolate Mofetil is a type of medication known as an immunosuppressant. Immunosuppressant medication reduces the activity of the body’s immune system. This medication helps your body accept the newly transplanted organ as if it were your own.
What condition does Mycophenolate Mofetil treat?
Mycophenolate Mofetil is used to keep your body from attacking and rejecting your transplanted organ such as:
This is used in combination with other medications. Mycophenolate Mofetil may also be used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease. It is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the digestive tract. This is supplied as a 250 mg capsule for oral use. This is a prescription approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Mycophenolate Mofetil work?
The cells that make up the immune system usually protect the body by identifying and attacking abnormal or foreign cells. The bacteria that cause infection are considered abnormal or foreign cells. However, the same cells in the immune system will also identify and attack transplanted organs. It is because the immune system distinguishes the new organ as a foreign substance. Once the immune system is being attacked by a transplanted organ, it is known as transplant rejection.
White blood cells called B- and T-lymphocytes are cells in the immune system that are responsible for regulating and triggering an immune response. This medication works by decreasing the production of these white blood cells. It lessens by stopping the action of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase which is a compound that is needed for their production. By decreasing the making of these cells, Mycophenolate Mofetil makes the body less likely to reject transplanted organs.
Usually, Mycophenolate Mofetil is used in combination with other immunosuppressive medications as part of the transplant remedy. It is to prevent the rejection of kidney, heart, or liver transplants.
What is the dosage of Mycophenolate Mofetil?
This medicine is usually given depending on the dose you need. Usually, your doctor will advise you to take one dose each day for the first week. This will then go up to two doses a day as your medication is increased.
Do not chew or crush the medicine. You should always swallow them as a whole. Take each dose with a full glass of water. It is recommended that you take the capsule with food. By doing so, it can stop you from feeling sick and getting stomach pains. Your pharmacist and doctor will advise you about the correct dose.
It is important to keep taking Mycophenolate Mofetil even though it seems to be not working at first. It is also important to keep taking it when your symptoms start to improve, as this will help control your condition. Remember to take each dose at the same time and in the same way every day.
What are the precautions in using Mycophenolate Mofetil?
- Mycophenolate Mofetil lessens the activity of your immune system. For this reason, it will make you more vulnerable to infections. It is important to avoid contact with people who have an infection while having this medicine. You should consult your doctor right away if you develop any signs of infections or starting to feel unwell while taking it.
- This medication has been associated with certain lung problems. Consequently, if you develop shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or a persistent cough while taking Mycophenolate Mofetil you must consult your doctor.
- If you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop taking this medication and inform your doctor right away.
- You are not recommended to donate blood while you are taking this medication and for at least six weeks after stopping treatment. The medicine could harm the development of the baby if a pregnant woman was given the blood.
- This medicine must not be taken by women who are pregnant unless it is needed and given by your doctor. Call your doctor right away if ever you get pregnant while taking this drug.
- This medicine should also not be used during breastfeeding. Taking the drug might be risky for a nursing infant. Breastfeeding women who need treatment with this medicine should not breastfeed. If it is needed, your doctor will prescribe and instruct you how you take this medicine and how you may breastfeed.