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MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (Cellcept) MYCOPHENOLIC ACID [My-co-FENO-late]
How to use this medication
Mycophenolate is a medication used to treat rheumatic diseases like lupus. While taking this medicine it is important to have your blood tests done and see your doctor on a regular basis.
The normal dose of mycophenolate mofetil is between 500 and 1500 mg twice per day. Mycophenolate is available as 250 & 500 mg tablets.
It will take 6 to 12 weeks for the mycophenolate to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Mycophenolate can make it harder for you to fight infections. It is best to stop taking it if you have a fever or think you have an infection. Phone your doctor for advice.
Have your blood tested REGULARLY. This is important to
make sure mycophenolate isn’t affecting your liver or blood counts.
Side effects & imprtant things to know
Some people can feel sick to their stomach or develop diarrhea when they take mycophenolate. Please let your doctor know if this happens.
Patients have very rarely developed a rare brain infection called PML while taking mycophenolate. This is very rare.
Mycophenolate is not normally taken during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant please let your doctor know.
When used for long periods of time, mycophenolate may be associated with a small increased risk of skin or blood cancers.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine