People who have had a liver, kidney, or heart transplant may receive Prograf® (tacrolimus). As a type of immunosuppressant, Prograf helps to make the immune system less active so that it does not attack and reject the newly transplanted organ. It comes in the form of a capsule or an intravenous (IV) injection.
Although most people tolerate this prescription medicine well, side effects can occur and may include kidney problems, tremors, and headaches. In most cases, reactions to this drug are minor and generally easy to treat.
Before taking Prograf, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and supplements), as well as any allergies you may have, including to medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(For more information, click Prograf. This full-length article offers more details on how this medication works, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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