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Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Probably safe. A person who has received a shingles vaccine is not contagious unless he develops a chicken pox-like rash. If a rash develops, the vaccinated person should restrict contact w/ a transplant patient (or anyone else) if that patient is susceptible to chickenpox. If the kidney transplant patient already had chicken pox, he is not at risk. Read more...

Getting conflicting answers on whether an asplenic patient should get shingles vaccine?

If you are 60+, And have no other contraindications, there is no reason not to get the shingles vaccine. Anyone telling you that being asplenic should keep you from getting this live attenuated vaccine has no understanding about asplenism. Read more...
Shingrix. "Vaccines are especially critical for people with chronic health conditions such as asplenia." REF: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/health-conditions/asplenia.html "Healthy adults 50 years and older should get two doses of Shingrix, separated by 2 to 6 months." REF: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html. Read more...

Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Dose dependent. This judgement has to be made by the provider. Technically low dose Methotrexate is not considered a contraindication to receiving the shingles vaccine. But only your provider will have a full picture of your immune status. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and not given to those with significant immunosuppression. Read more...

Can a kidney transplant patient have sex with someone with herpes?

Use a condom. If you do not have the herpes virus already i would be very cautious. I would definately abstain during acute outbreaks and wear a condom at other times. Remember any hing that can make a person sick will make a transplant patient more sick. Read more...

I am a kidney transplant patient. My doctor prescribe Pabapentin 300 2X per day for my neuropathic pain. Should I take this?

Gabapentin. You mean Gabapentin? If yes, it is safe to take it.There is no major interaction with commonly used immunosuppressive meds (such as Prograf, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) and Prednisone ).The dosage is dependent on your level of kidney function. If your Creatinine is elevated, you have to start with lower dose since it causes side effects in the dosage you are prescribed (such as irritability and jerky arm movements) Read more...

Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

No. The reason is primarily that recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that are in the blood, and would be transferred with the donated blood which is not safe. In addition, many kidney recipients have some anemia that would preclude donation. Read more...

Can a kidney transplant patient become a doctor? I thought they couldn't cuz of the risk of getting infections.

Why not. There are lots of things tha a doctor can do that the risk of infedction is minimal. Teaching for instance. Lots of people with kidney transplants can lead a normal life. Relax and go for it. Read more...
They can be a doctor. You make a good point that doctors may be exposed to infections, but that exposure is carefully controlled and monitored in the medical environment. Just as a doctor can avoid illness, so can a person on immunosuppression. Also, there are many fields of medicine in which the doctor has more limited patient contact such as radiology or pathology. If you want to be a doctor - go for it! Read more...