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    Mycophenolate mofetil

    Information about Mycophenolate mofetil

    Mycophenolate mofetil uses

    Mycophenolate mofetil is used for prevention of kidney transplant rejection.

    How mycophenolate mofetil works

    Mycophenolate mofetil is an immunosuppressant. It reduces the action of body's own defense system (the immune system) and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ.

    Common side effects of mycophenolate mofetil

    Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Headache, Increased blood pressure, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)

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    Expert advice for Mycophenolate mofetil

    • Can be taken with or without food.
    • Should not be taken at the same time as antacids as they can interfere with its effects.
    • May cause birth defects so birth control is required in females with reproductive potential.
    • Mycophenolate mofetil may also increase the risk of infection. Avoid being close to people with cold, flu or other contagious illnesses.
    • Protect yourself from direct sunlight by wearing protective clothing and applying a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF).

    Frequently asked questions for Mycophenolate mofetil

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    Q. Is Mycophenolate mofetil a steroid drug?

    No. Mycophenolate mofetil is not a steroid drug

    Q. Is Mycophenolate mofetil safe?

    Mycophenolate mofetil is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

    Q. Is Mycophenolate mofetil cytotoxic?

    Yes. Mycophenolate mofetil may cause death of immune cells and it also causes certain types of skin cancers. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 April, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)