mycophenolic acid (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking mycophenolic acid (Myfortic)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to mycophenolic acid or mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept).
Taking mycophenolic acid can make it easier for you to develop serious bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, including tuberculosis, a severe brain infection, or a virus that can cause failure of a transplanted kidney.
Mycophenolic acid may cause your body to produce too much of a certain type of white blood cells. This can lead to serious and sometimes fatal conditions, including cancer.
Mycophenolic acid may also cause a serious viral infection of the brain that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have any change in your mental state, problems with speech or walking, or decreased vision. These symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly.
Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
To make sure you can safely take mycophenolic acid, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby, especially if used during the first trimester of pregnancy. Do not use mycophenolic acid without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Although mycophenolic acid may harm an unborn baby, not treating the mother after a transplant could pose a greater risk to the mother's health. Mycophenolic acid is sometimes given to pregnant women who are unable to take other needed transplant medications. Your doctor will decide whether you should receive this medication.
If you are a woman of child-bearing potential, you will be required to start using two forms of birth control 4 weeks before the start of your treatment with mycophenolic acid. You will also need to have a negative pregnancy test within 1 week before your treatment begins.
Unless you have been in menopause for at least 12 months in a row, you are considered to be of child-bearing potential. Adolescent girls who have entered puberty are also considered to be of child-bearing potential, even if not yet sexually active.
Use two non-hormone forms of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy before and during your treatment with mycophenolic acid, and for at least 6 weeks after your treatment ends. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
It is not known whether mycophenolic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed a baby while taking mycophenolic acid and for at least 6 weeks after your treatment ends.
How should I use mycophenolic acid (Myfortic)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Mycophenolic acid is usually given twice a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take mycophenolic acid on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Do not crush, chew, or break an enteric-coated pill. Swallow it whole. The enteric-coated pill has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill will damage this coating.
Mycophenolic acid (Myfortic) tablets and mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) capsules are not absorbed equally in the body. If you are switched from one brand to the other, take only the pills your doctor has prescribed. Always check your refills to make sure you have received the correct brand and type of medicine.
You will need regular medical tests to be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Visit your doctor regularly. Do not miss any follow up visits to your doctor for blood or urine tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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