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Can Children Use Mycophenolate?

Mycophenolate sodium is approved for use in children who are at least five years old and are stable after a kidney transplant. Mycophenolate mofetil is approved for use in children as young as three months old who have received a kidney transplant. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults can use mycophenolate; however, they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug and may be more likely to experience side effects, including certain infections, gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, and fluid buildup in the lungs (known medically as pulmonary edema). Therefore, older adults may need more careful monitoring during mycophenolate treatment.

Off-Label Mycophenolate Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for something other than the reasons discussed in this article. This is known as an "off-label" use. Mycophenolate may be used off-label to treat the following conditions:
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (a disorder that causes abnormal clotting of the blood)
  • Lupus nephritis (kidney inflammation caused by systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE])
  • Kidney disease
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder).
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