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Will I have to take medications the rest of my life after my kidney transplant?

Will I have to take medications the rest of my life after my kidney transplant?

Yes: Since the donated kidney is a "foreign" tissue, your body will reject the organ unless you suppress your immunity to some degree. These medications called immunosuppressants are generally required for lifetime but amount may decrease over the years.Your doctor monitors and determines the type and dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Could you tell me what happens if a person forgets to take his medication after a liver and kidney transplant?

Could you tell me what happens if a person forgets to take his medication after a liver and kidney transplant?

Rejection risk: Unless the txps came from an identical twin or clone, they are genetically different from you. Your immune system is tricked into ignoring their presence by meds prescribed to prevent rejection. Not taking a med, lets the drug level drop, and the portion of the immune response that should be blocked, to begin functioning. Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is mult. Doses, call your md. ...Read more

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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

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Can he take alcohol moderately after 2 yrs of kidney transplant?

Can he take alcohol moderately after 2 yrs of kidney transplant?

kidney transplant: You have to define moderation in your question. Alcohol affects the liver, medications you take for your transplant are metabolized by the liver and excessive alcohol can damage your liver. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for kidney transplant patient for colds?

What is the drug of choice for kidney transplant patient for colds?

Colds: Traditional cold are usually viruses. There is no medication that will treat the cold. You just need to treat you symptoms to make you comfortable until you body can fight off your cold. You should get your flu shot every year. Wash you hands often for prevention. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take melatonin if I have a kidney transplant?

Is it possible for me to take melatonin if I have a kidney transplant?

Yes: There is no reported problem with melatonin use and kidney transplant. However, moderation is the key. Never use high dose of such medications to avoid being the test case! ...Read more

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Should it be safe to start taking immune supressing drugs for a kidney transplant after ten years?

Should it be safe to start taking immune supressing drugs for a kidney transplant after ten years?

Comples Question: Hard to answer. Do you mean you had a kidney transplant and took no anti-rejection drugs the first 10 years? Or you have been taking continuous anti-rejection medication for 10 years or more? The answers are different. ...Read more

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What if i forgot to take my moring dosage but took it right away after 8 hrs is that fine? anti-rejections for kidney transplant

Important: Remember, it is of the greatest importance that you try to take your immunosuppressant medications in a timely fashion. It's administered that way so that your blood levels are appropriate to protect the transplant and minimize adverse effects of too high a drug level. Please review this with your transplant nephrologist to have a plan for issues like this in the future. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

How long does a kidney transplant surgery take?

3 - 4 hours: Is not a type of surgery to be rushed. Sometimes problems can be encountered which will prolong surgery, e.G if there are two renal arteries on the donor kidney, or if one or both native kidneys in recipient need to be removed coincident with transplant. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more