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Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system recognizes a transplanted organ as foreign and attacks it. Rapamune is an "immunosuppressant" medication. It works by decreasing the activity of the immune system, thus helping to prevent transplant rejection from occurring.
Rapamune is approved for the prevention of kidney transplant rejection in children who are at least 13 years old. This medication has not been adequately studied in children younger than 13. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Rapamune in children.
Rapamune can be used in older adults. However, older adults may be more sensitive to certain side effects of this medication, and therefore may need lower initial doses and more careful monitoring.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this drug for something other than its approved use. This is called an "off-label" use. Rapamune may sometimes be used off-label to prevent organ rejection after a heart or pancreatic islet transplantation (a type of pancreas transplant).