myfortic is a prescription medicine used to help protect your new kidney from rejection. Rejection happens when the body's immune system senses the new organ as "foreign" and attacks it.
myfortic is used with other transplant medications as part of a long-term treatment plan to help control your body's immune system.
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What is myfortic® (mycophenolic acid) delayed-release tablets?
myfortic is a prescription medicine given to prevent rejection (antirejection medicine) in people who have received a kidney transplant.
myfortic is used with other medicines containing cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Gengraf®, and Neoral®) and corticosteroids. myfortic can be used to prevent rejection in children who are 5 years or older and are stable after having a kidney transplant.
It is not known if myfortic is safe and works in children younger than 5 years.
It is not known how myfortic works in children who have just received a new kidney transplant.
What is the most important information I should know about myfortic?
myfortic can cause serious side effects, including:
If you are a female who can become pregnant:
If you plan to become pregnant, talk with your doctor. Your doctor will decide if other medicines to prevent rejection may be right for you.
Do not take myfortic if you are allergic to mycophenolic acid, mycophenolate sodium, mycophenolate mofetil, or any of the ingredients in myfortic.
Before taking myfortic, tell your doctor if you have any digestive problems, such as ulcers; plan to receive any vaccines; have Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or another rare inherited deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT); are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if myfortic passes into breast milk. You and your doctor will decide if you will take myfortic or breastfeed.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect the way myfortic works and myfortic may affect how some medicines work. Especially tell your doctor if you take: birth control pills (oral contraceptives), antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium. myfortic and antacids should not be taken at the same time; acyclovir (Zovirax®); ganciclovir (Cytovene® IV, Valcyte®); azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®); cholestyramine (Questran® Light, Questran®, Locholest Light, Prevalite®).
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your health care provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Do not take any new medicine without talking to your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking myfortic?
What are possible side effects of myfortic?
myfortic can cause serious side effects: Stomach and intestinal bleeding can happen in people who take myfortic. Bleeding can be severe and you may have to be hospitalized for treatment.
The most common side effects in people with a new transplant include: low blood cell counts (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets), constipation, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, urinary tract infections, stomach upset.
In people who take myfortic for a long time (long-term) after transplant: low blood cell counts (red blood cells, white blood cells), nausea, diarrhea, sore throat.
Your health care provider will do blood tests before you start taking myfortic and during treatment with myfortic to check your blood cell counts. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any signs of infection, or any unexpected bruising or bleeding. Also, tell your health care provider if you have unusual tiredness, dizziness, or fainting.
These are not all the possible side effects of myfortic. Your health care provider may be able to help you manage these side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Reference: 1. myfortic [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2013.