mycophenolate mofetil - oral, Cellcept (cont.)
DRUG INTERACTIONS: See also How to Use section.Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: azathioprine, cholestyramine, colestipol, live vaccines, natalizumab.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting mycophenolate.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: antacids containing aluminum and/or magnesium, antivirals (e.g., acyclovir, ganciclovir, valganciclovir), calcium-free phosphate binders (e.g., aluminum products, lanthanum, sevelamer), rifampin.This medication may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring. This could cause pregnancy. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this medication. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood counts, drug levels, kidney function) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.Do not change brands or forms of mycophenolate unless directed by your doctor.Attend a transplant education class or support group. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of organ rejection. Seek immediate medical attention if they occur.If the capsule should come apart, avoid inhaling the powder, and avoid direct contact with the skin or mucus membranes. If contact should occur, wash thoroughly with soap and water; rinse eyes with plain water.
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