Top
20
Doctor insights on: Immune Suppression

Share
Dr. Amy Friedman
120 doctors shared insights

Immune Suppression (Overview)

Immune system suppressors are a kind of immune system affecting drug.


1

1
How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

Many things: Wash hands often, stay away from ill people, don't touch your face after being in public (until you've washed your hands), wear a mask if you must be in a hospital, day care or other facility where people may be ill. Don't eat in restaurants that do not have an "a" rating, avoid pot lucks and buffets, don't share food, drink or utensils with others. Clean cuts quickly, use new razors, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
120 doctors shared insights

Immune Suppression (Overview)

Immune system suppressors are a kind of immune system affecting drug.


2

2
Is chronically borderline low wbc concerning? Most recently 4.3 w/ reference range 3.4-10.8. All differentials in range. Indicate immune suppression?

Is chronically borderline low wbc concerning? Most recently 4.3 w/ reference range 3.4-10.8. All differentials in range. Indicate immune suppression?

Individual Normals: Individuals tend to be consistent for many such variables over time, though disease or other change in health can alter them. normal ranges are designed to include only 95% of people who are healthy. Being consistently on the low end or even just below the range. While some "normal" values may indeed indicate disease for that person, it is more common for normal people to fall just outside normal. ...Read more

3

3
What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

Many Considerations: There are many issues that can affect the amount of immunosuppression given to a recipient. The relationship between the donor and the recipient, the specific donor kidney source, the age of the recipient, the liver and bone marrow function, prior use of immunosuppressive drugs, prior cancer or infections, are just some of the medical variables that play a role. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
Has abscess on butt for first time. On remicade (infliximab) for uc (3 infusions so far). Is this due to dormant infection exploding from immune suppression?

Has abscess on butt for first time.  On remicade (infliximab) for uc (3 infusions so far).  Is this due to dormant infection exploding from immune suppression?

Yes, partly: Infliximab lowers your ability to fight infection. You should be very careful about keeping your body clean-more than usual. The abscess should be opened to help it heal. Tell the doc who rx'd Infliximab about the abscess before you get your next dose. If other abscesses develope, you may have to stop the drug. ...Read more

5

5
Is there any viral infections known to cause bone pain of 2 and a half months along with severe immune suppression that last with out treatment forit?

Is there any viral infections known to cause  bone pain of 2 and a half months along with severe immune suppression that last with out treatment forit?

Chikungunya: I don't know if you would have the appropriate exposure history - but chikunguyna comes to mind. It's possible to get infected with this by a mosquito - then have prolonged joint/bone pains. Best to see a doctor about this... http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/symptoms/index.html ...Read more

6

6
Hi I'm on immune suppression medications, I have doxycycline hyclate, can I take it for a sinus infection? Any negative interaction w suppression med

Hi  I'm on immune suppression medications, I have doxycycline hyclate, can I take it for a sinus infection? Any negative interaction w suppression med

Check with doctor: Each immunosuppressive drug has its own drug interaction profile and thus you will need to check with your doctor re. such interaction. I am more concerned about doxycycline slowing down the breakdown of the immunosuppressive agent than vice versa. ...Read more

7

7
What about radiation for breast cancer hitting the thymus gland? Can this not cause immune suppression?

What about radiation for breast cancer hitting the thymus gland?  Can this not cause immune suppression?

Not usually: The thymus is largest in weight at puberty and then regresses. Immune system than is maintained by other sources in the body. Immune cells are cells in the blood stream and bone marrow in adults. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
How do antibiotics lead to immune suppression ? Dont make sense.

How do antibiotics lead to immune suppression ? Dont make sense.

They don't: In general, they don't lead to immune suppression. The concern is that unnecessary use of antibiotics can lead to bacterial drug resistance, rendering current antibiotics ineffective. There are a small number of antibiotics that can cause bone marrow suppression, leading to lower white blood cell counts, but this is uncommon and doesn't usually cause true immune suppression. ...Read more

9

9
What does immunosuppression actually mean?

What does immunosuppression actually mean?

Immunosupression: Propensity for infection, anemia, bleeding. Causing weakness, infections, pain, cardiovascular, pulmonary, intestinal problems etc. Chemotherapy, radiation, cancer can make you immunosupressed. Is complex, but many times we can evaluate, duagnose and treat this. Don't assume bad outcomes, we can help. See a doctor. ...Read more

10

10
Can you tell me how is immunosuppression given?

Depends: Induction treatments (potent immune suppressing meds given around the time of the transplant surgery) are usually given intravenously and often more than one dose is given. Maintenance immunosuppressants are oral anti-rejection medications that patients need to take daily (usually once or twice a day) to keep one's immune system from rejecting the organ. (e.g. Prograf,CellCept, Prednisone) ...Read more

12

12
What is the definition or description of: immunosuppression?

Lowered defenses: Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted actions on this system. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
How does radiation cause immunosuppression?

How does radiation cause immunosuppression?

Damaging DNA: Radiation damages DNA. For muscle, bone, or other long-lived cells, the cell may ignore the damage unless it is critical. For cells that are short lived or rapidly-dividing, like immune cells, the cell senses the damage and either commits cell-suicide or stops all its functions. Thus radiation prevents immune cell activation plus the production of new immune cells. Ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

15

15
How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after a transplant?

How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after a transplant?

For the organ's life: The transplanted organ will never change its genetic identity - it will always be made of different dna than you. Your immune system will ultimately recover from the drugs you took, recognize the organ as "foreign" and reject it. Although a very small percentage of people can get away without taking the meds, we cannot predict who. For this reason, you must plan to take them forever. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Does cyclosporin have long term immunosuppression effects? I took this 2/3 years ago for allergies but it did not help much. If so, what can I do?

Does cyclosporin have long term immunosuppression effects? I took this 2/3 years ago for allergies but it did not help much. If so, what can I do?

Cyclosporine: Though not always the case, cyclosporine suppression of the immune system is typically only during usage and a short time after use. The main use for allergies is when someone has hives unresponsive to most other therapies. If you are truly concerned, see an immunologist who can do a basic immune system work up to discover or refute your concerns. ...Read more

17

17
From the knowledge of an educated professional, what are the key differences between immunosuppression and immunodeficiency? How can both be fixed?

Similar terms: These two two terms are frequently used somewhat interchangeably as they mean essentially the same thing: immune system is not working optimally. Immunosuppression is a bit more of a general term referring to the process of decreased immune function while immunodeficiency is more often used when there is a specific disease. Either way, fixing the underlying cause is needed. ...Read more

18

18
How is pregnancy related to immunosuppression?

How is pregnancy related to immunosuppression?

Odd question: The outcome of pregnancy depends completely on superior diet without "junk". A healhy pregnancy does not suppress immunity, but a bad diet definitely will! ...Read more

19

19
How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after kidney transplant?

How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after kidney transplant?

For life: A successful transplant can have the dose of drugs reduced over time, perhaps some of them discontinued, but even the best matched organs will need continued immunosupression. Identical twin transplants, which are rare may be an exception. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
20

20
What would happen if I would stop my immunosuppression medication after my kidney transplant?

What would happen if I would stop my immunosuppression medication after my kidney transplant?

Immuno suppressant: Immuno suppressant medication prevent body from recognising transplanted kidney as foreign body . If these are stopped there is high probability of body rejecting the transplanted organ , kidney in your case. Not a good idea to change any medication without consulting your specialist or GP. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
Dr. Henry Selke
141 doctors shared insights

Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more