First Day on CellCept (Mycophenolate), Just to Note

Just a record for myself: started CellCept tonight.  Dermatologist Dr. Hege Sarpa, working in communication with Univ of Utah’s Dr. Gleich and Leiferman (under whom Dr. Sarpa was a resident), prescribed 1000 mg of CellCept to be taken daily: one 500mg tablet, twice a day.  This is in place of the other immunosuppressant Cyclosporin, which was tapered down from 125mg & 100mg down to 0mg over a four week period ending this past Monday, October 3, 2011.

Dr. Sarpa had conducted blood tests for the following panels and all my readings were ok to go ahead to try CellCept:

  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Alt
  • Bilirubin
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • CO2
  • Creatinine
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate

For those curious, what is CellCept? The National Institute of Health (NIH) describes it as:

“Mycophenolate (CellCept) is used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received kidney, heart, and liver transplants. Mycophenolate (Myfortic) is used with other medications to help prevent the body from rejecting kidney transplants. Mycophenolate is in a class of medications called immunosuppressive agents. It works by weakening the body’s immune system so it will not attack and reject the transplanted organ.”

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