Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is used to prevent organ rejection in patients undergoing heart, kidney and liver transplants.
Store Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) at room temperature away from heat and moisture. The oral liquid can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Avoid freezing and dispose of any unused liquid medicine older than 60 days.
Consult with your physician before using Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) and tell them if you have any medical conditions, allergies, or if you are taking any other medications. Be sure to tell them if you have any of the following: kidney disease, a rare hereditary deficiency of HGPRT (ie: Lesch-Nyhan, Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome), a stomach ulcer, any disorders of your stomach or intestines, or a fungal, viral or bacterial infection. If you are a woman of child-bearing potential, you will be required to use two forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy before and during treatment. You will need to continue using both forms of birth control for at least 6 weeks after the end of your treatment. Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can make it easier for you to bleed from injury or to catch illnesses. Be sure to have regular blood tests for the duration of your treatment and do not miss any appointments.
Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the time of treatment. It has not been determined if Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) passes into breast milk. Speak to your physician if you are breast-feeding while taking this medication. Avoid being around people with contagious illnesses including the flu or common cold. Do not get any “”live”” vaccinations during treatment and avoid using Antacids. Also, avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays including tanning beds. Protect yourself with a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to sunlight.
Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) should be taken as directed by your physician. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than is recommended by your doctor. Follow directions on the medication label for exact instructions. Generally, Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is taken twice per day, usually within 24 hours of transplant surgery. Take the pill with a full glass of water, on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Swallow the medication whole – do not crush or chew a tablet or open a capsule. If you are taking the oral liquid form of medication, shake it well before measuring a dose, using a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup. Should you miss a dose of Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil), take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time to make up for a missed dose. The Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) injection
Do not take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant during treatment. Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can harm an unborn baby, especially during the first trimester. Do not open a Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) capsule or crush or chew a tablet. Do not use a pill that has been accidentally broken. Do not take this medication if you are allergic to mycophenolate, mofetil, mycophenolic acid, Polysorbate 80 or any of the other ingredients in the medication.
Serious side effects include: severe allergic reactions; easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; chills, body aches, flu symptoms; bloody, black, or tarry stools; painful or difficult urination; chest pain; fever; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; feeling like you might pass out; problems with vision, speech, balance, or memory; or weakness in your legs, lack of coordination.
Common side effects include: headache, mild weakness; numbness or tingly feeling; or anxiety,
Other side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, or constipation; swelling in your hands or feet; sleep problems (insomnia).