This medicine contains the active ingredient mycophenolate mofetil which belongs to a group of medicines known as immunosuppressants. Mycophenolate mofetil affects the immune system by suppressing it and the body does not produce certain cells which cause the immune reaction. This medicine is prescribed after an organ transplant (kidney, heart or liver) to stop the body from rejecting it.
Is Mycophenolate mofetil suitable for me?
Mycophenolate mofetil is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to mycophenolate mofetil or to other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are a woman who could be pregnant and you have not provided a negative pregnancy test
- if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- if you are not using effective contraception
- if you are breast-feeding
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
- have any signs of infection
- have any unexpected bruising or bleeding
- have ever had a problem with your digestive system such as a stomach ulcer
- have liver problems
- have kidney problems
- have immune system problems
- have fair skin
- have a personal or family history of skin cancer, blood cancer (eg, lymphoma), or other blood problems
- are scheduled for a vaccination
Mycophenolate mofetil interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Mycophenolate mofetil?
This medicine is available in form of a capsule.
You should take mycophenolate mofetil exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be determined according to your weight and condition.
- Kidney transplant-The usual dose is 8 capsules (2 g of the medicine) divided into 2 doses.
- Heart transplant-The usual dose is 12 capsules (3 g of the medicine) divided into 2 doses.
- Liver transplant-The usual dose is 12 capsules (3 g of the medicine) divided into 2 doses.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Mycophenolate mofetil side effects?
Like all medicines mycophenolate mofetil can cause side effects, including:
- acid or sour stomach
- lack or loss of strength
- trouble sleeping
- weight loss
- abdominal or stomach cramps or pain
- black, tarry stools
- bladder pain
- bleeding gums
- swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- blood in the urine or stools
- bloody or cloudy urine
- blurred vision
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness
- chest pain
- cough or hoarseness
- decreased urine
- difficult or labored breathing
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness
- dry mouth
- fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- fever or chills
- flushed, dry skin
- frequent urge to urinate
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- irregular heartbeats
- irregular pulse
- loss of appetite
- lower back or side pain
- muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
- muscle pain or cramps
- muscle spasms or twitching
- nausea or vomiting
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
- painful or difficult urination
- pale skin
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- pounding in the ears
- rapid, shallow breathing
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- stomach pain and bloating
- swollen glands
- tightness in the chest
- tingling of the hands or feet
- troubled breathing with exertion
- unexplained weight loss
- bleeding or bruising
- tiredness or weakness
Frequency not known:
- Back pain
- coughing or spitting up blood
- darkened urine
- general feeling of illness
- night sweats
- pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen
- severe headache
- watery or bloody diarrhea
- yellow eyes or skin
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.