Anti-rejection medicines are given after transplant surgery to help prevent organ rejection. People who have received an organ transplant will usually need to take an anti-rejection medicine, such as Myfortic® (mycophenolate sodium) or CellCept® (mycophenolate mofetil), for the rest of their lives.
How does Myfortic compare to CellCept? Mycophenolate is the active ingredient in both medications: as mycophenolate sodium in Myfortic and mycophenolate mofetil in CellCept. However, the two types of mycophenolate are absorbed differently by the body, and therefore are not directly interchangeable. Do not switch from one form of mycophenolate to another without first talking to your healthcare provider.
(Click Myfortic for a more complete overview of this medicine, including potential side effects, generic availability, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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