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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

Tacrolimus (Definition)

This is an immunosupressive drug used after organ transplantation or to sometimes treat refractory effects ...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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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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Cyclosporine or Prograf, which one is more convenient or less aggressive for a patient with ckd stage 3 and less unpleasant side effects?

 Cyclosporine or Prograf, which one is more convenient or less aggressive for a patient with ckd stage 3 and less unpleasant side effects?

Whoa!: Both of these are immunosuppressive agents. Their indications vary depending on what is actually wrong with the kidney -- clinical diagnosis and biopsy, perhaps current. These are often used in patients who have had transplants. Please do not attempt to self-administer any of these medications as they are quite dangerous. Stage 3 CKD may not require any medications. ...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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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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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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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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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 a 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?

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