Tacrolimus

Information about Tacrolimus

Tacrolimus uses

Tacrolimus is used for organ transplantation.

How tacrolimus works

Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressant that works by decreasing the activity of body's immune system.

Common side effects of tacrolimus

Headache, Nausea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Diarrhoea, Renal dysfunction, Increased glucose level in blood, Tremor.

Available Medicine for Tacrolimus

  • ₹127 to ₹746
    Panacea Biotec Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹175 to ₹1878
    Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹126 to ₹1724
    Biocon
    6 variant(s)
  • ₹112 to ₹1700
    Zydus Cadila
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹190 to ₹262
    Ajanta Pharma Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹200 to ₹380
    La Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹236
    Wockhardt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹133 to ₹1700
    Unichem Laboratories Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹265
    Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹16000 to ₹24500
    Cipla Ltd
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice for Tacrolimus

  • Tacrolimus, like all immunosuppressants, increases the risk of infection and certain cancers. Avoid being close to people with cold, flu or other contagious illness.
  • Do not take a "live vaccine" while you are on Tacrolimus. The live vaccine may not work well and may not fully protect you.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • Your doctor may ask to get Tacrolimus blood concentration level, to avoid side effect due to high concentrations.
  • Your doctor may ask to get kidney function test done regularly to avoid kidney damage.
  • Tacrolimus provide better survival and lower acute rejection rate.
  • Tacrolimus offers many advantages over cyclosporin. Less frequent acute and chronic rejection, better absorption leading to earlier discharge from the hospital, fewer side effects and earlier weaning of most patients off corticosteroids doesn't cause hirsutism or gum overgrowth.

Frequently asked questions for Tacrolimus

Tacrolimus

Q. Is tacrolimus nephrotoxic or cytotoxic?
Tacrolimus may cause destruction of certain types of cells (cytotoxic) and may impair kidney function (nephrotoxic). Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use
Q. Is tacrolimus safe?
Yes. Tacrolimus is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
Q. Does tacrolimus cause diabetes, hair loss, tiredness, or depression?
Tacrolimus may cause diabetes, hair loss, tiredness, or depression. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.
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Q. Is tacrolimus a steroid?
Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressant drug. It is not a steroid drug
Q. Is tacrolimus the same as Prograf?
Yes. Progarf is a branded form of tacrolimus available in the market
Q. Can I take tacrolimus with omeprazole?
Omeprazole may increase the blood levels of tacrolimus. It can be taken with omeprazole only if prescribed by your doctor

Content on this page was last updated on 17 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)