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What are normal prograf levels for liver transplant patients and what ios the avg medication adjustment time, if any?

What are normal prograf levels for liver transplant patients and what ios the avg medication adjustment time, if any?

6-12: Talk to your transplant pharmacist. After a solid organ transplant you need conselling from a transplant pharmd. The level of tacrolimus is not the only criteria to be concerned about. They will talk to you about interactions between medications and how frequent to expect any medical changes. Your team of surgeon, hepatologist, pharmd and psychologist will all help as well as your nurse practi. ...Read more

Tacrolimus (Definition)

This is an immunosupressive drug used after organ transplantation or to sometimes treat refractory effects ...Read more


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I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005, I've been on tacrolimus since 2008. Can you please tell me the major side effects of the drug?

I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005, I've been on tacrolimus since 2008. Can you please tell me the major side effects of the drug?

Adverse effects: Some side effects include headache, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, rash, metabolic abnormalities, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, low red or white blood cell count, liver and kidney problems, infection, diabetes mellitus, and weakness. ...Read more

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What is tacrolimus?

What is tacrolimus?

Tacrolimus: Tacrolimus is an agent which suppresses the immune system. It is used in pill form to help prevent organ transplant rejection. In ointment form, it is used in some forms of eczema. ...Read more

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What is prograf (tacrolimus) for?

What is prograf (tacrolimus) for?

Immunosuppressant: Prograf is a powerful immune system suppressant used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, mostly kidneys and hearts. It's use can result in a multitude of complications and thus patients using it are closely monitored. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about tacrolimus, prograf?

Can you tell me more about tacrolimus, prograf?

Autoimmune suppressi: Tacrolimus or Prograf or Advagraf is an immunosuppressive drug used mainly in organ transplant to reduce organ rejection. It has also been useful in atopic eczema and in severe uveitis (Inflammation of the colored portion of the eye) Side effects can be severe. Patient must be under specialty care throughout the treatment. Topical use can cause irritation and burning sensation used for eczema ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tacrolimus?

What is the definition or description of: tacrolimus?

Immunosuppresive: This is an immunosupressive drug used after organ transplantation or to sometimes treat refractory effects of organ/bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use tacrolimu twice a day for 3 months?

Is it safe to use tacrolimu twice a day for 3 months?

Depends: Tacrolimus is a calcineurin inhibitor and is the most widely-used immunosuppressive medication in the U.S. for organ transplant recipients. It is a twice-a-day drug. Because it has a narrow therapeutic index, one needs to have its blood level monitored as excessively high levels can cause nephrotoxicity (can cause kidney failure). ...Read more

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Prograf (tacrolimus) causes what sort of side effects?

Prograf (tacrolimus) causes what sort of side effects?

Two types : First those related to immunosuppression. It affects t cell immunity so you can get viruses (like CMV and ebv) and rarely lymphoma. Second idiosyncratic side effects including elevated creatinine, high blood pressure and high potassium. Seizures, tremor. Hair loss. Despite all of these side effects, one of the best drugs for transplant patients. Can be used very safely. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of daily doses of prograf?

What are the long term side effects of daily doses of prograf?

Nephrotoxicity: Most concerning long-term adverse effect of Program (tacrolimus) is nephrotoxicity (damage to the kidneys). The drug has a narrow therapeutic index and therefore the blood level of the drug is often monitored to avoid side effects. Other known side effects include tremor, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood glucose, and hair loss. ...Read more

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Wich is better in general, prograf or cyclosporin? For the kidney, i really want the best for my kidney and my health, please?

Wich is better in general, prograf or cyclosporin? For the kidney, i really want the best for my kidney and my health, please?

Tacrolimus (Prograf): Approximately >90% of kidney transplant programs in the U.S. use tacrolimus-based maintenance immunosuppressive regimen. In many kidney transplant programs, 1-year acute rejection rate is ...Read more

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Taking Prograf XL, 0.5 mg twice daily. Tacrolimus level <2 ng/ml (ref: 5-20 ng/ml). What can cause my tacrolimus to be below the desired range?

Taking Prograf XL, 0.5 mg twice daily. Tacrolimus level <2 ng/ml (ref: 5-20 ng/ml). What can cause my tacrolimus to be below the desired range?

Drug levels: Other medications can affect the level of a medication, and sometimes there is lab error. Speak with your specialist who ordered the lab test to determine if repeat or follow up is necessary ...Read more

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Eczema — does tacrolimus work?

Eczema — does tacrolimus work?

Tacrolimus for eczem: Tacrolimus can be a very effective treatment for eczema. ...Read more

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Could I buy prograf without prescription?

Could I buy prograf without prescription?

Prograf (tacrolimus): Is a prescription medicine that can help to prevent rejection of kidney, liver, or heart transplants. I would be very wary of any internet company that would sell it without a prescription. ...Read more

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Do you have to get blood tests every week if on prograf?

Do you have to get blood tests every week if on prograf?

Depends: Tacrolimus (Program) is an immunosuppressive drug that has a narrow therapeutic index. Once you are started on the medication, you will need to get your levels checked until they are in the target range and then at least once a month. ...Read more

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For post kidney transplants, what is your duration of prograf use?

In most instances,: A transplant recipient will be on tacrolimus (Prograf) as long as the transplanted organ continues to function. However, if adverse effects of the drug may lead to switching the drug with another class of agent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to try protopic (tacrolimus) for psoriasis?

Can you tell me about it's like to try protopic (tacrolimus) for psoriasis?

See details: It is an effective topical ointment for treating psoriasis involving the face, genitals and skin folds. Toxicity risk is low. ...Read more

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Husband takes prograf and may have cancer; will cancers spread quickly on prograf?

Husband takes prograf and may have cancer; will cancers spread quickly on prograf?

Skin cancer: Prograf suppresses the immune system and does make one more prone to skin cancer. Since the vast majority of skin cancers remain localized, one need not worry about rapid spread. It is a very good idea to practice good sun sense if you are immunosuppressed. This would include coverup clothing and sunscreens when outdoors. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are indications and side effects of tacrolimus prescription?

I was wondering what are indications and side effects of tacrolimus prescription?

Tacrolimus: Is used prophylactically (with other medications) to help prevent rejection of transplanted organs. Some side effects include ^'ed suseptibility to infections and certain malignancies. Your pharmacist can provide you a complete list of potential side effects. ...Read more

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I'm on tacrolimus. The hospital has sent me an appoimntent for dermatoligest. I have good skin so what could it b?

I'm on tacrolimus. The hospital has sent me an appoimntent for dermatoligest. I have good skin so what could it b?

Atopic dermatitis?: Tacrolimus ointment is a non steroidal medication commonly prescribed for atopic dermatitis. It suppresses inflammation caused by your immune system by inhibiting the enzyme calcineurin needed to replicate T-cells, which are necessary to activate your immune system. ...Read more

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Eczema — does protopic ointment (tacrolimus) work?

Eczema — does protopic ointment (tacrolimus) work?

Yes: It is not a steroid, so it is preferred on the face, especially eyelids. It is too expensive for widespread use on other areas. If you need long-term treatment in genital area, it might be appropriate. Otherwise, a topical steroid is preferred. Of course attention to dry skin is basic. ...Read more

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How long has prograf been around for transplant patients?

Widely since 1994: Prograf or tacrolimus or fk-506 is a 23-membered macrolide lactone discovered in 1984 from the fermentation broth of a japanese soil sample that contained the bacteria streptomyces tsukubaensis. It was approved by the fda as an immunosuppressant for liver transplanation in 1994 and is now approved for all solid organ transplants. ...Read more

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How do the transplant doctors decide how much or how long to give you prograf?

How do the transplant doctors decide how much or how long to give you prograf?

Active investigation: The short answer is for as long as you keep the graft. However, there are ongoing trials that look to minimize the dose or eliminate tacrolimus by substitution with other agents. The reason is this drug is in a class called calcineurin inhibitor agents that may result in chronic scarring and loss of kidney function over time. You should discuss this with your transplant team. ...Read more

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What to do if I am on tacrolimus the hospital has sent me an appoiment for dermatoligest I have good skin. I want to no why?

What to do if I am on tacrolimus the hospital has sent me an appoiment for dermatoligest I have good skin. I want to no why?

Eczema: Tactile mud is useful in eczema treatment but a few percentage of patients using it may have the risk of developing cancer. Hence, the appointment with a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Use the tacrolimus to treat my rosacea and found it take effect fast, but the metrodinazole works so low (almost nothing on my skin). Which is safer?

Use the tacrolimus to treat my rosacea and found it take effect fast, but the metrodinazole works so low (almost nothing on my skin). Which is safer?

Metronidazole: This medication is specific for the rosacea. The tacrolimis is just an antiinflamatory and will give you immeidate relief. The metronidazole is safer, you can add doxycycline to that as well as a pill 2x/day. At age 24 I am unclear that you have rosacea. It maybe seborrhea and that is why the tacrolimus seems to work. In that case elidel, (pimecrolimus) kenalog, or tacrolimus will be all that you need. ...Read more

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Why does the metrodinazole cream take effect so low, while other creams (like tacrolimus) work on my skin after just a few days using? I have bad p&p

Why does the metrodinazole cream take effect so low, while other creams (like tacrolimus) work on my skin after just a few days using? I have bad p&p

2 different meds: Each of these medications works differently. Metronidazole is an antibiotic and Tacrolimus is an immune suppressant. Your skin condition could be an inflammatory or autoimmune cause. Good luck. Please see your doctor for more answers. ...Read more

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I have bxo. Iam 25 yrs male and have bxo for last two years or so but detected two months ago. I need help. Currently I use tacrolimus and desonide.?

I have bxo. Iam 25 yrs male and have bxo for last two years or so but detected two months ago. I need help. Currently I use tacrolimus and desonide.?

Bxo: Local antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents are used to treat lichen sclerosis (ls) and (bxo). Circumcision may be necessary. If the scarring leads to blocking of the urethra, sometimes more extensive reconstructive surgery is needed. Cook makes a meatal dilator that can be of help. ...Read more

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Can prednisone and prograf repair my kidney?

Can prednisone and prograf repair my kidney?

No: Prograf (tacrolimus) and prednisone are used as anti-rejection agents in transplant recipients or as a drug to treat inflammation of kidney tissues (glomerulonephritis). They are used so that ongoing tissue damages are stopped while the kidney starts to recover. ...Read more

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Tacrolimus makes my hands shake like crazy. What do I do?

Tacrolimus makes my hands shake like crazy. What do I do?

Tacrolimus: Tacrolimus can have many side effects including tremors. It is often used after organ transplants, but also for eczema, uveitis, minimal change disease, Kimura's disease, and vitiligo. Talk to the prescribing doctor to see if another medicine can be substituted for the tacrolimus. Alternately, the doctor may have another suggestion to reduce the tremors while continuing the tacrolimus. ...Read more