Kidneys Home > Rapamune Uses

How Does It Work?

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.
 

Can Children Use Rapamune?

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.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

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.
 

Off-Label Uses for Rapamune

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).
 
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics & Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.