Tacrolimus (Advagraf | Prograf)

Tacrolimus is a medication that treats rheumatic diseases by suppressing the immune system.

Tacrolimus is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, as well as immune disorders of the eyes, lungs, muscles, skin, nerves, and blood vessels. Tacrolimus is also used to help prevent organ rejection in transplant patients.

Tacrolimus works by reducing the activity of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that plays an important part in the body’s immune system.

Taking Tacrolimus

Tacrolimus is available as Prograf which comes as immediate release 0.5, 1, and 5 mg oral capsules taken twice per day. Tacrolimus is also available as Advagraf which comes as extended release 0.5, 1, 3, and 5 mg oral capsules taken once per day.

It can take 3 to 4 months for the tacrolimus to work. It is important for people starting this medication to be patient and to keep taking it as prescribed.

Important Tests and Risks




Tacrolimus Quick Reference Guide