Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets)

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets)

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Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets)

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) belongs to the group of medications known as immunosuppressants. It is used in combination with other medications to prevent the rejection of organ transplants by suppressing the body's natural defense, the immune system. It does this by preventing the formation of a certain type of white blood cell (called lymphocytes) that would normally attack the transplanted organ. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

 

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) use

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) is usually started as soon as possible following the organ transplant. The dose varies according to circumstances. The medication is usually given twice daily.

The 2 doses should be spaced as close to 12 hours apart as possible and at approximately the same time each day. The oral medication should be taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before or 2 hours after meals). If you vomit or have diarrhea after taking Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets), always call your doctor for further direction. Do not stop taking the medication without first talking with your doctor.

You should leave the capsules and tablets in the blister packs until it is time for your dose. The capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole, and not crushed or chewed.

If using the suspension, be sure to shake the closed bottle well for about 5 seconds before each use. Do not mix the suspension with any liquid.

Avoid skin contact with damaged capsules or caplets. If any powder from any of the forms of Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) should get on your skin, quickly wash with soap and water. If the medication comes in contact with your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for instructions. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Store Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) tablets, capsules, and suspension at room temperature. Protect the tablets from light. Discard any unused portion of Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil Tablets) suspension 60 days after mixing.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

 

Before taking this medicine

You should not use CellCept if you are allergic to mycophenolate mofetil, mycophenolic acid (Myfortic), or to an ingredient called Polysorbate 80.

Using CellCept may increase your risk of developing serious infections or other types of cancer, such as lymphoma or skin cancer. Ask your doctor about your specific risk.

To make sure CellCept is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

a stomach ulcer or other disorder of your stomach or intestines;

a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection; or

a rare inherited enzyme deficiency such as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome.

This medicine can cause a miscarriage or birth defects, especially during the first 3 months of pregnancy.You will need to have a negative pregnancy test before and during treatment with CellCept. You must prevent pregnancy before and during your treatment with CellCept, and for at least 6 weeks after your treatment ends.

If you are a woman of child-bearing potential, you will be required to use birth control. You have child-bearing potential (even if you are not sexually active) from the age of puberty until you have been in menopause for at least 12 months in a row.

CellCept can make hormonal birth control (pills, injections, implants, skin patches, or vaginal rings) less effective. If you use hormonal birth control, you must also use a back-up barrier method (such as a cervical sponge, a male or female condom, or a diaphragm or cervical cap used together with spermicide).

You do not need to use additional birth control if you use an intrauterine device (IUD), if you have had a tubal ligation, or if your sexual partner has had a vasectomy.

This medicine comes with patient instructions about the most effective non-hormonal forms of birth control to use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

If a pregnancy occurs during treatment, do not stop using CellCept. Call your doctor for instructions. Also call the Mycophenolate Pregnancy Registry (1-800-617-8191).

CellCept is sometimes given to pregnant women. Your doctor will decide whether you should use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Although this medicine can affect pregnancy or fertility, it is sometimes given to women who are unable to use other needed transplant medications.

It is not known whether mycophenolate mofetil passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

The liquid form may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of CellCept if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

 

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