General CellCept Dosing GuidelinesCellCept treatment is normally started as soon as possible after the transplant surgery. It is always given in combination with cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®) and a corticosteroid (such as prednisone).
The intravenous injection is only recommended for people who cannot swallow CellCept tablets, capsules, or oral liquid. It should only be used as long as oral medicines are not tolerated, for up to 14 days.
General Information on Taking CellCeptSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with CellCept include the following:
- CellCept tablets, capsules, and liquid suspension are taken by mouth twice a day. The injectable form is administered as a slow injection (called an infusion) into a vein (intravenously, or by IV) twice a day.
- Try to take your doses at the same time each day to keep an even level of medicine in your bloodstream.
- You should take this medicine on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal. Some people who are stable on treatment may be able to take CellCept with food. Do not take this medicine with food without first talking to your healthcare provider.
- CellCept tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, cut, or chew the tablets, or open or crush the capsules.
- Avoid getting the liquid medicine or the contents from a damaged capsule on your hands or in your eyes or nose. If contact occurs, wash your skin with soap and water, or rinse your eyes with water.
- Shake the liquid suspension before use. Measure your dose with a marked oral syringe or medicine cup. Do not use a regular household spoon, as they are not accurate enough to measure liquid medicines. Your pharmacist can give you an appropriate measuring device for this medication if you need one.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. CellCept will not prevent transplant rejection if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of CellCept, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.