| Sandimmune |
This medication is used to prevent or treat organ rejection in transplant patients. It has also been used with success in a variety of illnesses.
- It is important to keep regular doctor visits so your progress can be monitored.
- Laboratory tests will be done periodically while receiving this medication.
- Store in the original container below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C).
- This medication is taken orally.
- The capsules are to be swallowed whole.
- Take this medication at the same time each day and consistently with or without food.
- Follow the dosing schedule for this medication carefully.
- If you were previously taking another brand of this medication, your dosing may be changed.
- Ask your doctor any questions you have about your treatment.
- This medication may cause stomach upset, nausea, cramps, diarrhea or headache.
- Other possible side effects include high blood pressure, increased hair growth on the face and body, acne, tremor, swollen or inflamed gums, tingling of the hands or feet.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you experience, mental confusion, blurred vision, fever, sore throat, stomach pain, hearing difficulty, chest pain, urine color change, fatigue or unusual bleeding/bruising.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of liver or kidney disease, chickenpox, herpes zoster, any infection, blood disorders, diabetes and of any allergies you may have.
- Cyclosporine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- This drug is excreted into breast milk and should not be used while breast-feeding.
- Consult your doctor.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, including gentamicin, tobramycin, vancomycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, cimetidine, amphotericin B, ketoconazole, ranitidine, diclofenac, tacrolimus, diltiazem, nicardipine, verapamil, nifedipine, fluconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, erythromycin, methylprednisolone, allopurinol, bromocriptine, danazol, metoclopramide, nafcillin, rifampin, rifabutin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, octreotide, ticlopidine, prednisolone, digoxin, triamterene, spironolactone, amiloride, birth control pills and "statin" drugs for high cholesterol.
- Avoid grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.