CellCept 500 mg
Cellcept is prescribed as an immunosuppressant in patients who have undergone organ transplantation. In normal circumstances, the lymphocytes (which are a type of white blood cell are responsible for attacking and destroying any foreign entity entering the body) would attack the transplanted organ, thereby forcing your body to reject it. Cellcept works by preventing the formation of these lymphocytes thereby enabling your body to accept the transplanted organ. The active molecule in Cellcept is Mycophenolate Mofetil.
In patients who have received cardiac, hepatic or renal transplant, Cellcept is prescribed in order to suppress the body’s natural immune system so that the transplanted organ is not rejected. It is prescribed concomitantly with corticosteroids and cyclosporine.
Cellcept is usually administered immediately following an organ transplant. Though the dosage can vary according to various factors like age, patient’s medical condition, medical history etc.
Cellcept is usually administered twice daily with minimum of twelve hour interval between the doses. The doses should be administered on empty stomach at the same hour everyday for better efficacy. In adults who have undergone renal transplantation, 1 gm of Cellcept is given either intravenously or orally twice in a day. In paediatric patients, the normal dosage is 600 mg/m2 of body surface area though this dose is likely to vary depending on the patient’s age and body size. In patients with cardiac transplant, 1.5 gm of Cellcept is given orally or intravenously twice daily while in patients who have undergone hepatic transplantation, a twice daily dose of 1gm of Cellcept intravenous injection or 1.5 gm of Cellcept oral is recommended.
In case you have missed a dose of Cellcept, it is better to take the skipped dose as soon as possible. However, skip it altogether if it is almost time for the next dose. Never take extra dose of Cellcept in order to make up for the skipped dose. If you have overdosed Cellcept, seek immediate medical attention for symptomatic treatment of diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abnormal bleeding or bruising or any signs of infection which are the usual symptoms of overdosing.
Like all medications, Cellcept too has its side effects which may not be equally apparent in all patients. You may experience minor symptoms like diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, heartburn, skin rashes, acne or loss of appetite.
However, you should seek immediate medical treatment in case you have any serious side effects like: irregular heart beat, painful urination, abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing, fever, chills or sore throat, red spots on the skin, pain in the lower back, swelling in your feet, white patches on tongue, mouth or throat, unusual tiredness, bloody stools or urine, blood in the spit or vomit, bleeding gums.
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