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CELLCEPT
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL SUSPENSION - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL SUSPENSION - ORAL

(my-coh-FEN-oh-late MOW-fet-ill)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cellcept

WARNING: Mycophenolate decreases the body's ability to protect against illness/infections and may increase your risk of developing lymph node tumors (lymphomas). Therefore, this medication must only be taken under close medical supervision. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat or fever), weight loss, night sweats, enlarged lymph nodes, or skin growths.

Uses

Mycophenolate is used to prevent rejection of transplanted body organs (e.g., kidney, liver, or heart transplant). It works by suppressing the body's immune system and is usually used along with other drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, prednisone).

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth usually twice daily without food; or take as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Shake the bottle well before each dose. Be careful not to get any of the suspension on your skin or mucous membranes (e.g., eyes, open wounds). If such contact should occur, wash the affected skin area well with soap and water or rinse your eyes with plain water. Consult your pharmacist for details. This medication is usually prescribed along with other medications (e.g., cyclosporine, corticosteroids) to prevent rejection of transplanted organs. Take all medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are unclear about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Avoid taking antacids containing magnesium or aluminum within 2 hours of taking this medicine. Antacids may affect the absorption of this medication if taken together.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, white patches in the mouth or on the tongue (thrush), diarrhea, headache, acne, or mild dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: pain, sores around the mouth or genitals, vision changes, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes, trouble sleeping, unusual bleeding or bruising, pain with urination, change in the amount of urine. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, swollen glands, stomach pain, unusual weakness or tiredness, night sweats, unusual lumps or changes in skin color/appearance. This medication can lower the body's ability to fight an infection. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop any signs of an infection such as: fever, chills, persistent sore throat, cough. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice any other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: ulcers or stomach problems (e.g., hemorrhage, perforation), kidney problems, liver problems, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. Because this medication can decrease your immune system function, do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor and avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (e.g., oral polio vaccine). This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition where you must restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the safe use of this medicine. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Women of childbearing potential should use two effective forms of birth control before, during, and for six weeks after taking this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: antacids, oral antibiotics, cholestyramine, azathioprine, probenecid, acyclovir, ganciclovir, live vaccines. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose include: severe vomiting.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Keep all scheduled medical appointments. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood counts) will be performed to monitor your progress and side effects.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store the mixed suspension at room temperature or in a refrigerator between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 and 30 degrees C) for no longer than 60 days. Do not freeze. Discard any unused portion of the bottle.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).