No, Neoral is not a steroid. This belongs to a group of medicines known as immunosuppressive agents. It decreases the action of the body’s immune system.
Q. Can Neoral cause weight gain?
Neoral may either cause an increase or decrease in weight. However, the changes in weight are uncommon side effects of this medicine. Consult your doctor if these side effects worry you.
Q. Does Neoral cause hair growth?
Yes, the use of Neoral may cause abnormal hair growth (hypertrichosis) as a common side effect of Neoral, though it does not affect everyone.
Q. Does Neoral cause fatigue?
Yes, Neoral may cause fatigue as a common side effect. However, fatigue could also be due to an underlying disease. Discuss with your doctor if this side effect worries you.
Q. Do I need to get any tests done while being treated with Neoral?
Yes, the doctor may suggest tests to check the levels of Neoral in your blood, especially if you have had a transplant. You may also be advised to get your blood pressure checked before the start of your treatment and regularly during treatment. In addition, liver and kidney function tests along with your blood lipids (fats), will be checked.
Q. Can Neoral cause cancer?
Neoral is known to suppress the immune system. This as a result, increases your risk of developing cancers, particularly of the skin and lymphoid system. You should limit your exposure to sunlight and UV light by wearing appropriate protective clothing. Sunscreen should be applied frequently with a high protection factor.
Q. What are the side effects of Neoral?
Neoral may cause side effects such as headache, diarrhea, heartburn, increased hair growth on the face, arms, or back, growth of extra tissue on the gums, acne, flushing, and uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body. You may also experience burning or tingling sensation in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, muscle or joint pain, cramps, pain or pressure in the face, ear problems, breast enlargement in men, depression and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Q. How should Neoral be taken?
Take Neoral strictly as advised by your doctor. The doctor will decide and carefully adjust your dose according to your medical requirements. It is important to keep a constant amount of Neoral in the body, and hence, the medicine should be taken at the same time each day. Not only is the time of day important, but also when Neoral is taken in relation to meals.
Q. How long do I need to take Neoral?
Take Neoral for as long as the doctor has advised. The duration of treatment depends on whether you are taking it after a transplant or for the treatment of other conditions. Usually, the treatment may last for 8 weeks if you are taking it for severe rash.
Q. What is Neoral used for?
Neoral is used in combination with other medications which are used to prevent transplant rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person who received the organ) in people who have received kidney, liver, and heart transplants. These combination medicines also help to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (a disease, affecting the joints with pain and swelling) in patients whose symptoms were not relieved by methotrexate alone, to treat psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body), and atopic dermatitis (skin allergies).