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Emcept 500mg Tablet

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Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Emcept 500mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants. It is used with other medicines to prevent your body from rejecting an organ (such as a kidney, heart or liver) after a transplant. It works by supressing your body’s immune system, so that it does not attack the new organ.

The amount of Emcept 500mg Tablet you take and how often you take it depends on the type of transplant you have. Follow your doctor’s instructions on this. You should take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Swallow it as a whole, do not crush, chew, or break it. Take the medicine regularly to get the maximum benefit and keep taking it even if you feel well. If you stop taking it, you may increase the chances of rejecting your transplanted organ. The treatment will continue for as long as you need it to prevent rejection. 

The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, high blood pressure, and changes in the number of white blood cells. You may catch more infection than usual as medicine suppresses the immune system. There is also an increased risk of developing some cancers for this reason. To reduce your risk of skin cancer, limit your exposure to the sun and use sunscreen. There is a long list of potential side effects with this medicine. You should ask your doctor about them and what signs to look out for because some of them can be serious and need urgent medical attention.

Emcept 500mg Tablet can cause birth defects and abortion so do not take it if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any signs of infection or if you have any unexpected bruising or bleeding. You should also let your healthcare team know all other medicines you are taking as they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. You will have regular tests to check for any changes in the number of your blood cells and the amount of sugar and cholesterol in your blood.

Benefits of Emcept Tablet

In Prevention of organ rejection in transplant patients

Emcept 500mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines known as immunosuppressive agents. It lowers your immune response and reduces the chance of your body attacking the transplanted organ. Organ rejection happens when your immune system treats the new organ as an invader and attacks it. This medicine may be used in combination with other medicines to suppress the immune system and help your body accept the new organ.

Side effects of Emcept Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Emcept

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)

How to use Emcept Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Emcept 500mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Emcept Tablet works

Emcept 500mg Tablet is an immunosuppressant. It reduces the action of body's own defence system (the immune system) and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Emcept 500mg Tablet does not cause any harmful side effects.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Emcept 500mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
UNSAFE
Emcept 500mg Tablet is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Emcept 500mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Emcept 500mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Emcept 500mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Emcept 500mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Your doctor has prescribed Emcept 500mg Tablet to stop your body from rejecting a transplanted organ (e.g. kidney, heart or liver). 
  • It may take 6 to 12 weeks for Emcept 500mg Tablet to start working. Keep taking it as prescribed.
  • It may cause birth defects so birth control is required in females with reproductive potential.
  • It makes you more susceptible to getting infections. Avoid contact with people who have an infection. Consult your doctor immediately if you develop a sore throat, high temperature, any other signs of infections.
  • Protect yourself from direct sunlight by wearing protective clothing and applying a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF).
  • Take it with food to minimize possible side effects like nausea and stomach pain.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor the levels of blood cells in your blood. Inform your doctor if you experience symptoms such as unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, mouth ulcers, or fever.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Phthalide Derivative
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Emcept with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Imorab, Equirab, Carig
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Avaxim, HAVpur, Havrix
LIFE-THREATENING
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient Concerns

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Nephrologist considered for consulting Function of kidney transplant patients suffering from tuberculosis
Dr. Praveen Pushkar
Urology
Get kidney function test done
Difficulty in excretory, and rejection of stool.
Dr. Aanchal Maheshwari
Ayurveda
take triphala churan 1 spoon at night wioth abhyarishtam 20 ml mixed with water
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FAQs

Q. Can Emcept 500mg Tablet cause cancer?

Emcept 500mg Tablet may increase your chances of certain cancers like skin cancer and lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system). When outside, avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen. Call your doctor if you experience a new skin sore or bump, a change in the size or color of a mole, a brown or black skin lesion (sore) with uneven edges or a sore whose one part does not look like the other, skin changes, sores that do not heal. Also, inform the doctor if you experience unexplained fever, tiredness that does not go away, weight loss, or pain or swelling in the neck, groin, or armpits.

Q. Why has my doctor given me Emcept 500mg Tablet after I have had a kidney transplant?

Emcept 500mg Tablet is an immunosuppressant. Emcept 500mg Tablet has been prescribed to you to help your body accept the donor kidney. It does so by working on the cells of your immune system, which fight with any foreign substance and reject its presence. This helps in making the transplanted organ more acceptable to your body.

Q. How long does Emcept 500mg Tablet take to start working?

Emcept 500mg Tablet does not start working immediately and may take about 8 to 12 weeks before you see any benefits. To ensure that your condition does not reappear, you may have to keep taking the medicine for several years.

Q. Is Emcept 500mg Tablet a steroid or chemotherapy medicine? Can it cause hair loss?

Emcept 500mg Tablet is neither a steroid nor a chemotherapy medicine. It is an immunosuppressant which means that it acts on your immune system to suppress or weaken it so that your body does not reject the donated organ of another person. Hair loss is a common side effect of Emcept 500mg Tablet.

Q. Do I need any special tests while taking Emcept 500mg Tablet?

Since Emcept 500mg Tablet can affect blood count and affect the kidneys and liver, your doctor will ask you to have a blood test before you start the treatment. Once the treatment starts, your doctor will suggest you to take regular blood tests to check for any changes in the blood. These blood tests will help monitor your response to the medicine and the development of any side effects.

Q. My doctor has asked me to stay away from a person who has chicken pox or shingles. Why?

Emcept 500mg Tablet is an immunosuppressant, which means that it decreases the activity of the immune system. Since your immune system is already weak, if you come in contact with a patient of chicken pox or shingles, you may develop it too. This is the reason that your doctor has advised you to be cautious. Therefore, follow your doctor’s advice and contact your doctor immediately if you get chicken pox or shingles as you may require special treatment.

Q. What precautions should a female follow while taking Emcept 500mg Tablet?

Do not take Emcept 500mg Tablet if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. There is a high risk of miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy) during the first 3 months of pregnancy. It may even cause birth defects (problems that are present at birth) in the newborn. Therefore, it is advised that you should use two acceptable forms of birth control together for 4 weeks before you start taking Emcept 500mg Tablet, during the treatment and for 6 weeks after you stop taking Emcept 500mg Tablet. It is important to use a second form of birth control along with birth control pills as Emcept 500mg Tablet may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.Your doctor will suggest the two birth control methods which suit you the best.

Q. What precautions should a male follow while taking Emcept 500mg Tablet?

It is recommended that either the man or her partner should use reliable contraception during treatment and for 90 days after the treatment. Men should not donate semen during the therapy or for 90 days following discontinuation of Emcept 500mg Tablet.

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