Doctors and patients will work together to be sure the medication is working and is right for the patient.Immunosuppressive drugs can make the immune system less able to fight cancer or infections that cause cancer
There are some risks that come with taking immunosuppressive drugs.
The drugs often produce side effects that usually go away after treatment:
A significant risk of immunosuppressive drugs is infection, as the immune system is suppressed and not able to fight infections effectively.
Be sure to contact your doctor if you experience:
- Fever above 100 ºF
- Surgical scar drainage
- Burning while urinating
- Symptoms that do not go away
Immunosuppressant drugs can be given by mouth or as an injection.
- Dosage varies with each patient.
- Most patients need to take multiple drugs at a time.
- Doctors will instruct patients when to take each drug and how often to take them.
- Physical activity and a healthy diet can help prevent unwanted side effects. Ask your doctor about your limitations and which activities and medications are right for you.
Doctors and patients will work together to be sure the medication is working and is right for the patient.
The Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center provides care for people with kidney failure and their organ donors.
The skilled transplant team includes nephrologists, surgeons, lab specialists, pharmacists, nutritionists and social workers.