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Standard List of Medicines After Your Transplant

You will be required to take many medicines after your transplant. This is a common list of medicines below. Of course based on each pateint’s specific condition and medical history the doctors will add more medicines or may give you a different sets of medicines and for different duration.

Transplant Immunosuppression

These medicines are given so that your body does not reject the new organ that the transplant surgeons have just put inside your body. You may be given one or more types of these medicines. The exact dosage will vary from patient to patient. Normally the dosage of the medicine will decline over time if you are not suffering any organ rejection. Your transplant doctors will  prescribe one or more of the following medicines :-

  • Tacrolimus
  • Cyclosporine
  • Mycophenolate mofetil
  • Mycophenolic acid
  • Azathioprine
  • Steroids
  • Sirolimus
  • Everolimus
  • Belatacept

These are generic names, your doctor may prescribe that you buy the medicines of a specific brand. It is good to follow the doctors instructions when taking immunosuppression medicines.

Please note that the doctors will ask you to repeat certain lab tests that measure the impact of these medicines on your new organ. Please repeat all the tests on time and promptly share the results with your doctor.

Medicines to Control Infection

As a newly transplanted patient you are very vulnerable to infections. The transplant medication that is started immediately after your transplant is meant to suppress your immunity. Your doctors will give you some of these medicines so that you do not catch infections and fall ill.

  • Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole
  • Valganciclovir
  • Ganciclovir
  • Valacyclovir
  • Acyclovir
  • Nystatin and clotrimazole
  • Fluconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Voriconazole

These are generic names, your doctor may prescribe that you buy the medicines of a specific brand. Most of these medicines will be stopped after the initial period of two to three months.

Your post transplant lab schedule will include blood tests that are meant to check if you have caught any new infections. Your doctors may ask you to take some more anti-infection medicines if they find any evidence of new infection in your blood tests.

Medicines to Control Side Effects

The anti-rejection or immunosuppression medicines you need to take after your transplant are known to have side effects. Since you can never stop these medicines, your post transplant regime will include monitoring of body temperature, blood pressure, urine output, weight and blood sugar levels. If any of these daily observations show an unwanted trend, your doctor will recommend medicines that control diabetes, hypertension and other side effects.

  • Medicines for ulcers
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Blood pressure medicines

Take your transplant medicines as directed by your transplant center.

Repeat your labs on time. Share the results with your doctors.

Exercise regularly and stay fit.