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What is mycophenolate and why is it prescribed?

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

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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 three months before you notice any benefit.

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What are the possible risks and 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. Read more >

Can mycophenolate affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

You shouldn't take mycophenolate when pregnant, and you shouldn't become pregnant for at least six weeks after stopping it. If you're planning a family or if you become pregnant while taking mycophenolate, you should dicuss this with your doctor as soon as possible.
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