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Mycophenolate Mofetil Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (mye koe FEN oh late MOE fe til) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food unless your doctor approves. Use the dosing dispenser provided to measure your dose. Do not let this medicine touch the skin or eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 3 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in vision

  • dizziness

  • fever, chills, or any other sign of infection

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • diarrhea

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, vomiting

  • trouble sleeping

What may interact with this medicine?

  • acyclovir or valacyclovir

  • antacids

  • azathioprine

  • birth control pills

  • certain antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin; clavulanic acid

  • ganciclovir or valganciclovir

  • lanthanum carbonate

  • medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine and colestipol

  • metronidazole

  • norfloxacin

  • other mycophenolate medicines

  • probenecid

  • rifampin

  • sevelamer

  • vaccines

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

After this medicine is mixed by your pharmacist, store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). You may store in the refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 60 days.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • anemia or other blood disorder

  • diarrhea

  • immune system problems

  • infection

  • kidney disease

  • phenylketonuria

  • stomach problems

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mycophenolate mofetil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks during the first few months you are receiving the medicine.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

This medicine can cause birth defects. Do not get pregnant while taking this drug. Females will need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medicine. If sexually active, use 2 reliable forms of birth control together for 4 weeks before starting this medicine, while you are taking this medicine, and for 6 weeks after you stop taking this medicine. Birth control pills alone may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. If you think that you might be pregnant talk to your doctor right away.

This medicine will decrease your body's ability to fight infections. Call your doctor of health care professional if you have a fever, chills, sore throat or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 6/29/2009
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