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Could you tell me what happens if a person forgets to take his medication after a liver and kidney transplant?
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Forgets?
If you miss the anti-rejeciton drugs for one day, likely nothing.
But if it becomes a pattern, you are taking a risk that you can develop a rejection episode and lose the graft. You should discuss these tendencies with your transplant team if there is a pattern.

In brief: Forgets?
If you miss the anti-rejeciton drugs for one day, likely nothing.
But if it becomes a pattern, you are taking a risk that you can develop a rejection episode and lose the graft. You should discuss these tendencies with your transplant team if there is a pattern.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. ALAN NISSENBAUM
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree
In brief: 1
The medications given after a liver/kidney transplant suppress the body's ability to recognize that the transplanted organs are foreign, thus they prevent the body from rejecting the donated tissue.
If you forget to take your meds, the blood levels of the medications in your blood starts to decrease. If you do not take the meds for a long enough time, your body will reject the transplants.

In brief: 1
The medications given after a liver/kidney transplant suppress the body's ability to recognize that the transplanted organs are foreign, thus they prevent the body from rejecting the donated tissue.
If you forget to take your meds, the blood levels of the medications in your blood starts to decrease. If you do not take the meds for a long enough time, your body will reject the transplants.
Dr. ALAN NISSENBAUM
Dr. ALAN NISSENBAUM
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Rejection can begin.
Even skipping a single dose of anti-rejection medicine can begin the process of rejection.
If this occurs, the organs will not last as long and both quality of life and life expectancy can be decreased. Once you realize that you made a mistake, you should take your medicine and call your transplant center. They can help you get back on track and see if you need additional treatment.

In brief: Rejection can begin.
Even skipping a single dose of anti-rejection medicine can begin the process of rejection.
If this occurs, the organs will not last as long and both quality of life and life expectancy can be decreased. Once you realize that you made a mistake, you should take your medicine and call your transplant center. They can help you get back on track and see if you need additional treatment.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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