Cellcept 500 mg
Cellcept 500 mg is a potent immunosuppressive agent. It is used along with other medicines to prevent the body from rejecting an organ transplant.
After the transplant, you may take several of these anti-rejection medicines to keep your immune system from rejecting the transplant.CellCept has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in children and adults who have had a kidney transplant. It is not known if CellCept works or is safe in children who have had a heart or liver transplant.
How To Take Cellcept 500mg Tablet?
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking mycophenolate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication as directed, usually twice daily on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after meals. Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush or chew.
If you are taking the cellcept 500 mg 50 tab, do not open them before swallowing. Certain drugs may decrease the amount of mycophenolate that your body absorbs if taken at the same time.
Do not take this medication at the same time as antacids containing aluminum and/or magnesium, cholestyramine, colestipol, or calcium-free phosphate binders (e.g., aluminum products, lanthanum, sevelamer). For more details, ask your pharmacist.
The likelihood of missing an injectable dose is less since it is normally administered in a clinical setup. Take the missed oral dose as soon as you remember it. If cellcept 500mg 1mg is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then it is advisable to skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
Contact your doctor if an overdose of this medicine is suspected.
Some cellcept 500mg side effects are given below.
- Stomach pain or swelling
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Trouble with sleeping
- Pain in the arms, legs and the back
- Uncontrolled shaking of arms or legs
- Persistent diarrhea
- Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
- Severe difficulty in breathing
- Chest pain
Lesch-Nyhan/Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome – cost of cellcept 500mg is not recommended for use in patients suffering from this rare genetic disorder caused by the deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase (HGPRT) enzyme.
Women of childbearing age – Women of childbearing age should take appropriate precautionary measures to avoid pregnancy while taking this medicine. It is advised to undergo a serum/urine pregnancy test prior to taking this medicine.
Live vaccine – Vaccination with live and attenuated strains of microorganisms should be avoided while taking this medicine since the risk of severe infections is significantly high.
Intravenous injection – Intravenous route of administration should be used for patients unable to take the oral form. The intravenous form should be administered as a slow infusion over a period of 2 hours.