In most cases, after a kidney
transplant the body rejects the transplanted organ. The rejection is caused by the immune system because it considers the transplanted organ as an intruder causing it to react.
In order to avoid rejection, certain drugs such as Mycophenolic Acid
are used. This drug works by weakening the immune system so it will not reject the new organ. Mycophenolic Acid is usually combined with other drugs such as cyclosporine
Mycophenolic Acid is a type of medicine given to patients who have undergone kidney transplant. This drug helps in preventing the body from rejecting the transplanted organ. This prescribed drug is being distributed under the brand name Myfortic.
Mycophenolic Acid is in a form of tablet that can be taken orally. This drug can be taken on an empty stomach
or at least two hours after meals. The tablet comes with a special coating in order to protect the stomach. Thus, it is best to take the drug as a whole and avoid crushing or chewing
The dosage is depends on the condition of the patient which is determined by the doctor. It is important to maintain strict compliance on the given dosage. Never attempt to use more than what is required to avoid overdose which can be life threatening.
There are several side effects associated by using Mycophenolic Acid. There are less serious and serious side effects. Some of the less serious side effects include headache
, blurred vision, nausea
, stomach pain, constipation
, upset stomach, cough
, runny nose
, weight gain, muscle pain
of the hands or feet, back pain, and difficulty in sleeping.
Some of the most common serious side effects include chills, mouth
sores, body pain, fever
, tarry tools, difficulty in urinating, irregular heartbeat
, chest pain
, muscle weakness, extreme thirst, pale skin, vision problem, weakness of legs
, and lack of coordination.
If side effects occur, it is important to inform your doctor immediately.
Before undergoing medication, it is essential to inform your doctor all other drugs you are using including herbal products. You should also inform if you are allergic to certain drugs and to Mycophenolic Acid.
You must also tell your doctor if you have other health problems like stomach or intestine problems, ulcer, fungal infections, and kidney problem. This will help your doctor to determine the safest dose for your health condition.
Taking Mycophenolic Acid while pregnant is not recommended because of the harm it can cause to the unborn child. However, if treatment is required to the mother the doctor will decide.
Women who need to undergo medication are obliged to use contraceptives to prevent bearing a child. A pregnancy test is usually conducted a week before the scheduled treatment commence. Mothers should avoid breast-feeding while under medication and six weeks after the complete medication is finished.
Since this drug reduces the ability of the immune system to protect the body from infections and illnesses, it is best to avoid contact with people who are sick. You must also complete all your scheduled tests and appointments with your doctor. This is to assure that your doctor monitors your condition and how you are reacting with the treatment. This will also identify early signs of health complications that may arise.
Mycophenolic acid has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of mycophenolic acid is C17H20O6
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (E)-6-(4-hydroxy-6-methoxy-7-methyl-3-oxo- 1H-isobenzofuran-5-yl)-4-methyl-hex-4-enoicacid
• Molecular weight is 320.337 g/mol
• Mycophenolic acid available : 180mg tablets and 360mg tablets