Heart and Lung Transplant (cont.)
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Medications for Heart-Lung Transplants
To prevent rejection, powerful drugs must be used to suppress the immune system after a heart or lung transplant. In general, most people take a "triple therapy" of drugs, which includes tacrolimus, corticosteroids, and azathioprine.
Other drugs include cyclosporine, sirolimus, and mizoribine (not approved in the U.S.). These drugs are used in an attempt to reduce side effects. They are also used as replacement drugs after episodes of rejection.
Heart-Lung Transplant Follow-up
If you receive a transplant, you must work closely with both the transplant team and your primary care provider.
You should call your health care provider immediately if, in the time immediately after leaving the hospital, any of the following occur:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Michael B McDonnell, MD
William K Mallon, MD
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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