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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

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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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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Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Yes: But you would not survive. One can overdose with immunosuppressive drugs just like any other medications. That is why the doses are controlled and monitored. ...Read more

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After transplant do you have to take immunosuppressants for the rest of your life?

After transplant do you have to take immunosuppressants for the rest of your life?

MOst Likely yes.: Unless you got your organ from your identical twin (or your clone) you will need to take medicine to prevent your body from attacking your transplant. ...Read more

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If one receives a dura mater transplant, is the recipient required to take immunosuppressant medication for life, as with other tissue transplants?

No immunos required: No immunosuppression is required for a dura mater transplant, or for most types of tissue transplants. Most of these tissues have been processed in ways that remove the antigens (proteins) exposure to the new host's immune system and therefore do not provke a rejection response. The big risk for dura mater transplants is creutzfeld-jacob disease (prions) transmission. ...Read more

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Why a person get sick more easy after take immunosuppressant?

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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If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

No, but: it depends on your condition before and after transplant. In general, avoid getting in contact with people with colds/flu and crowded places if you can,wear a mask if you have to,report any fever or illness to your doctors, unlike others you may be put on antibiotics early in the course of fever,you will need some more vaccines such as pneumovax, otherwise you have a normal life, wish you wellnes ...Read more

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I have RA use plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) now i was prescribed methotrexate. 2y ago diagnosis with HPV 16, can I take metho a immunosuppressant, an not make worst the hpv?

I have RA use plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) now i was prescribed methotrexate. 2y ago diagnosis with HPV 16, can I take metho a immunosuppressant, an not make worst the hpv?

Yes: This is a great question. Methotrexate has been used both to treat hpv and certain studies have shown women with RA on methtrexate have higher risk of abnormal pap smear. It is safe to use Methotrexate if you need it for ra. You just need to get your pap smears yearly and more frequent if abnormal. I would also recommend hpv testing with your pap. ...Read more

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