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Mycophenolate Mofetil



Mycophenolate mofetil, in combination with other drugs  is used to prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs such as the heart, kidney, or liver.

How it works

Mycophenolate mofetil belongs to a group of medicines called as immunosuppressant. It acts by inhibiting DNA synthesis in immune cells thus preventing the immune system from attacking the new organ or tissue and helps in avoiding organ transplant rejection.

Common side effects

Nausea, Pneumonia, Abdominal pain, Abnormal blood cell count, Agitation, Anemia, Confusion, Increased blood pressure, Decreased blood pressure, Depression, Diarrhoea, Viral infection, Fungal infection, Gastritis, Increased cholesterol level in blood, Respiratory tract infection, Skin cancer, Skin infection, Urinary tract infection, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine.
  • Avoid using mycophenolate mofetil if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Take special precautions while taking mycophenolate mofetil if you have signs of infection (fever or sore throat), bleeding or bruising problems, or problems with the digestive system (ulcers).
  • Use an effective method of contraception before, during, and 6 weeks after taking this drug.
  • Exercise caution when stepping out in the sun while taking the medicine. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Frequently asked questions

Mycophenolate Mofetil

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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)