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Drug Information

What is Mycophenolate Mofetil used for?

Mycophenolate Mofetil is used to protect the organ from rejection after an organ transplant.  

Mycophenolate Mofetil may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Mycophenolate Mofetil work?

Mycophenolate Mofetil belongs to the class of drugs called immunosuppressants. It helps in preventing the rejection of transplanted organ by suppressing the activity of the body’s immune system.

How to take Mycophenolate Mofetil?

The dosage and the drug form depends on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Mycophenolate Mofetil as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take Mycophenolate Mofetil with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Mycophenolate Mofetil, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Mycophenolate Mofetil?

The drugs that interact with Mycophenolate Mofetil are:

  • Adalimumab
  • Golimumab
  • Infliximab
  • Leflunomide
  • Levonorgestrel
  • Polio vaccine
  • Rotavirus vaccine
  • Rubella vaccine
  • Smallpox vaccine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil?

The following are the most common side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach upset
  • Gas
  • Constipation

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Severe headache

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Mycophenolate Mofetil?

  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Mycophenolate Mofetil
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Mycophenolate Mofetil causes dizziness.
  • Inform your doctor if you have rapid swelling of lips, throat and tongue.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Suddenly stopping the medication may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Mycophenolate Mofetil.

You are advised not to take Mycophenolate Mofetil if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Mycophenolate Mofetil?

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Mycophenolate Mofetil.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor about the pre-existing heart problems such as hypertension, heart attack and heart failure.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Mycophenolate Mofetil

  1. Does Mycophenolate Mofetil cause skin cancer?
  2. Yes, Mycophenolate Mofetil may increase the risk of developing certain types of skin cancers. Therefore, wear protective clothing when you step out in the sun. Also, please consult your doctor before taking the medicine.

  3. Does Mycophenolate Mofetil require any dietary precautions to be followed?
  4. Follow a diet rich in fibre as Mycophenolate Mofetil causes constipation.

  5. How should Mycophenolate Mofetil be stored?
  6. Mycophenolate Mofetil is stored at room temperature (25 – 30OC). Keep the medicine away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.

  7. Is it safe to take Fluoxetine while on Mycophenolate Mofetil?
  8. No, it is not advisable to take anti-depressants, such as Fluoxetine while on Mycophenolate Mofetil. However, please consult your doctor.

  9. How long can I take Mycophenolate Mofetil?
  10. Mycophenolate Mofetil should be used for the prescribed duration. Do not discontinue unless instructed by your doctor.


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