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Drug Guide    T   Tacrolimus

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   Tacrolimus

Tacrolimus
(injection) (injectable)


Keeps your body from rejecting an organ transplant, such as a kidney, liver, or heart. This medicine may be used with steroids, azathioprine, or mycophenolate mofetil.

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Prograf
 
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Tacrolimus
Prograf
Uses
Keeps your body from rejecting an organ transplant, such as a kidney, liver, or heart. This medicine may be used with steroids, azathioprine, or mycophenolate mofetil.



How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • You will be watched closely for about 30 minutes after you start to receive this medicine, especially if you are getting it for the first time. The needle will have to remain in place while you are receiving this medicine. You will continue to receive this medicine until you are able to take the oral (by mouth) form of tacrolimus.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash. Change in how much or how often you urinate, or painful urination. Chest pain, shortness of breath, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin. Confusion, weakness, uneven heartbeat, or numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips. Dark-colored urine or pale stools. Dry mouth, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting. Fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat. Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches. Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist. Increased thirst or hunger. Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting. Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body. Problems with hearing, vision, speech, balance, or walking. Rapid weight gain. Seeing or hearing things that are not really there. Seizures, tremors, or muscle twitching. Sudden and severe stomach pain. Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet. Trouble breathing or swallowing. Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness. Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Precautions
  • You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tacrolimus or castor oil.

Missed Dose
  • Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or high blood pressure. Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body.
  • Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily.
  • To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured.
  • Brush and floss your teeth gently.
  • Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Some people who have had transplants and used tacrolimus have developed diabetes.
  • This has happened more often in people who are Hispanic or African-American and have had a kidney transplant.
  • You may also have a higher risk of skin cancer or cancer of the lymph system while using tacrolimus.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about these risks. This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors.
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

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User Medicine Opinions for Tacrolimus
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 50
Location: Indiana
Time Taken: 6 years? days

Reason: Liver transplant July 5th, 2005 Date: 31 October 2011
Side Effects
I don't really notice any side effects.

Additional Thoughts
I have read where some people are able to wean off of prograf or tacrilomous. I take right now, 3 mg in the AM and 2mg in the PM. Is this a possible thing that may happen for people like me? I had PBC when I got my transplant. Also, I take Urso Forte, 500 mg. two times a day to thin my bile. I worry about catastrophic events that could occur in this country and may not be able to get my prograf and Urso Forte. Wondering if there is any success of this work on weaning off of prograf.

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