CellCept and Shingles
CellCept® (mycophenolate mofetil) is a medicine prescribed to prevent organ rejection in people who have a heart, kidney, or liver transplant. Although CellCept can be an effective treatment for many people, there are some complications to be aware of with this medicine.
For example, CellCept works by making the immune system less active, which increases your risk for getting an infection. You could develop potentially serious infections while taking CellCept, including shingles, life-threatening blood infections, a brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), or an infection with the BK virus, a virus that can damage your kidneys.
Seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of infection, such as:
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Confusion or difficulty thinking
- Fever or chills
- Sores or wounds that do not heal, are red, or ooze pus.
(For more information on how CellCept can cause shingles and other potentially serious complications, click CellCept Warnings and Precautions. A list of who should not take this drug is also provided.)