Mycophenolate

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What is mycophenolate?

Mycophenolate is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating symptoms.

Why is mycophenolate prescribed?

Mycophenolate is used to treat lupus and vasculitis.

How do I take mycophenolate and how long does it take to work?

Mycophenolate capsules are usually taken twice a day. It may be up to 3 months before you notice any benefit.

What are the possible side-effects of mycophenolate?

Side-effects of mycophenolate include nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. You should see your doctor straight away if you develop any new symptoms and you should stop mycophenolate and see your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are severe, if you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles or if you develop chickenpox or shingles.

What are the risks of taking mycophenolate?

Mycophenolate may make you more likely to pick up infections so it’s recommended that you avoid live vaccines. You should only drink alcohol in small amounts, and you shouldn’t take mycophenolate when pregnant or breastfeeding.

What else should I know about mycophenolate?

Before you start mycophenolate, your healthcare team will discuss other treatment options with you.You'll also have a blood test.

While you're taking mycophenolate, you'll need regular blood tests. Some drugs interact with mycophenolate, so you should discuss any new medications (including complementary medicines) with your doctor before starting them, and you should always tell any other doctor treating you that you are taking mycophenolate.

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