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Tacrolimus

Information

Uses

Tacrolimus is used in organ transplantation

How it works

Tacrolimus suppresses the activity of body's immune system and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ.

Common side effects

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

Available Medicine

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Expert advice

  • Take tacrolimus on empty stomach or 2-3 hours after a meal.
  • Do not take tacrolimus if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine; or to sirolimus or other macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin).
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: liver problems, abnormal electrical signaling of the heart (QT interval prolongation), or diarrhea lasting for more than a day; abdominal pain, with or without vomiting, nausea, chills and fever.
  • Avoid using tacrolimus if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • Limit exposure to the sun while taking the drug. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when stepping out in the sun, to prevent skin cancer.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking tacrolimus as it may cause dizziness.

Frequently asked questions

Tacrolimus

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Is tacrolimus a steroid?
Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressant drug. It is not a steroid drug

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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 the same as Prograf?
Yes. Progarf is a branded form of tacrolimus available in the market

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Is tacrolimus safe?
Yes. Tacrolimus is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

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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

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.


Content on this page was last updated on 21 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)