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Imofetil 250 mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Imofetil Tablet

Imofetil 250 mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants. It’s used with other medicines to prevent your body rejecting an organ (such as a kidney, heart or liver) after a transplant. It works by weakening your body’s immune system, so it doesn’t attack the new organ.

Imofetil 250 mg Tablet has many potential side effects. The most common are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, high blood pressure and changes in the number of white blood cells. Because it suppresses your immune system, you may catch more infections than usual. There’s 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 protective cream. There’s a long list of potential side effects. You should ask your doctor about them and what signs to look out for because some can be serious and need urgent medical attention.

The amount of this medicine 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 one hour before or two hours after a meal. Swallow it as a whole – don’t crush, chew, break or open them. Take the medicine regularly to get the most 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. You could attend a transplant education class or support group to help you recognise the signs of rejection.

Imofetil 250 mg Tablet can cause birth defects and miscarriages 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, if you have any unexpected bruising or bleeding and if you’ve ever had a problem with your digestive system. Your doctor also needs to know what other medicines you’re taking as there are many which interact with this medicine and affect the way it works. You’ll 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.

Imofetil Tablet side effects

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

How to use Imofetil 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. Imofetil 250 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Imofetil Tablet works

Imofetil 250 mg Tablet is an immunosuppressant. It reduces the action of body's own defense system (the immune system) and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ.

Imofetil Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Imofetil 250 mg Tablet does not cause any harmful side effects.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Imofetil 250 mg 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.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Imofetil 250 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Imofetil 250 mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Imofetil 250 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Imofetil 250 mg 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 Imofetil 250 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

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Expert Advice

  • Your doctor has prescribed Imofetil 250 mg Tablet to stop your body from rejecting a transplanted organ (e.g. kidney, heart or liver). 
  • It may take 6 to 12 weeks for Imofetil 250 mg 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.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Imofetil with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Thioprinz
LIFE-THREATENING
LIFE-THREATENING
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Biopolio B1/3
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Sodamax, Sobinix, Sobimed
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Sevalac, Sevmed
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Coxbact, Rifacure, Rifacil
SERIOUS

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FAQs

Q. Can Imofetil cause cancer?

Imofetil 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, a sore whose one part does not look like the other, skin changes, sores that do not heal, 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 Imofetil after I have had a kidney transplant?

Imofetil is an immunosuppressant. Imofetil 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 Imofetil take to start working?

Imofetil does not start working immediately and it may take about 8 to 12 weeks before you see any benefits. It is important to continue taking Imofetil since it does not cure your condition. To ensure that your condition does not reappear, you may have to keep taking the medicine for several years.

Q. Is Imofetil a steroid or a chemotherapy drug? Can it cause hair loss?

Imofetil 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 Imofetil.

Q. Do I need any special tests while taking Imofetil?

Since Imofetil 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, you will be required 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?

Imofetil 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 Imofetil?

Do not take Imofetil 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 baby. Therefore, you must use two acceptable forms of birth control together for 4 weeks before you start taking Imofetil, during the treatment, and for 6 weeks after you stop taking Imofetil. Your doctor will suggest the two birth control methods which suit you the best. It is important to use a second form of birth control along with birth control pills as Imofetil may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Q. What precautions should a male follow while taking Imofetil?

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 Imofetil.

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