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Where can I find a list of all immunosuppressants?

Wikipedia: Epocrates can be a bit difficult for a non-physician to navigate. You might want to start with wiki instead. This article has quite a bit of information in it. :http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/immunosuppressive_drug. ...Read more

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Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

Complex answer: Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune suppressing or an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Why a person get sick more easy after take immunosuppressant?

Suppressed immune: Patients taking immunosuppressants are at increased risk for getting sick b/c they are taking drugs that specifically suppress the immune system. ...Read more

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Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Not necessarily: Depends on why you are on immunosuppressants and how severely immunosuppressed you are. I wouldn't let the fact that you are on immunosuppressive meds stop you from pursuing a career in medicine. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

Necessary in some: If you are suffering from an auto-immune disease (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis) or received an organ transplant, you need to take immunosuppressive medications to prevent your immune system (your white blood cells) from attacking your body or transplanted organ(s). They do increase your risk of opportunistic infections and you may need prophylactic antimicrobial medications. ...Read more

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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Yes : Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia) , platelets (prevent bleeding ) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Probably not: Echinacea is itself a mild immunosuppressant so it is not a good idea to combine it with prescribed immunosupressants. You should discuss this question with the physician who prescribed these immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea while on immunosuppressant?

Yes.: However, taking echinacea for an extended period may itself cause some immune dysfunction. So only take it for short periods of time. ...Read more

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Do you know how to cure psosiaris without using immunosuppressant?

See below.: Psoriasis is generally treated with a variety of medications and therapies. Immunotherapy is generally considered for extensive or recalcitrant disease. The choice of treatments is between you and your doctor. But these are just treatments. There is no cure. ...Read more

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What are some immunosuppressant options for churg-strauss syndrome?

What are some immunosuppressant options for churg-strauss syndrome?

See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/churg-strauss-syndrome/basics/treatment/con-20028895

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Why would immunosuppressant drugs make a patient susceptible to disease?

Why would immunosuppressant drugs make a patient susceptible to disease?

See below.: Immunosuppressive medications turn off the cells that are responsible for fighting infections. ...Read more

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Why would immunosuppressant drug make a patient more susceptible to disease?

Why would immunosuppressant drug make a patient more susceptible to disease?

Yes: In general, patients taking immunosuppressants are more susceptible to infections. The risk depends on the type of immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

See below: The two major predictors of outcome are incidence of complications(hypertension,aortic aneurysm, retinopathy) and if the disease is progressive or not. The 15-year survival was 66 and 96 percent for patients with and without a major complication, respectively, and was 68 and 93 percent for those with and without a progressive course. ...Read more

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Help! can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Help! can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Yes...: They can be used to fight an infection. Ask your doctor to see which antibiotic they recommend for your condition. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants cause a low body resistance to flu?

Can immunosuppressants cause a low body resistance to flu?

Yes: That is why it is so important for immunocompromised people to get yearly flu shots. Not FluMist as it is a live virus. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants be used to help with fibromyalgia pain?

Can immunosuppressants be used to help with fibromyalgia pain?

Fibromyalgia: No. Immunosuppressive drugs are used to treat inflammatory or autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are 3 FDA-approved treatments for fibromyalgia that rheumatologists can use. I am happy to do a consult if you would like. ...Read more

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Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Relative: immuno-suppression is resorted to when there is a "hyperactive " immune state leading to an auto-immune disease or condition, or to allow the immune system to adapt to a transplanted tissue, that doesn't mean that the immune system is totally knocked out (in some states yes during bone marrow transplant) but can still fight certain infections, till total recovery, the immune system is complex ...Read more