Myfortic Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Myfortic

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
 
  • You should only take Myfortic under the direction of a healthcare provider who has experience in treating people who have had an organ transplant and in prescribing medications that suppress the immune system.
     
  • Myfortic may increase your risk for developing cancer, especially lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes) and skin cancer. Your risk may be even higher if you take Myfortic with other medicines that weaken the immune system. Limit your time in the sun while you take this medicine and wear protective clothing and sunscreen while outside. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any skin changes or develop lumps in your neck, underarms, or groin area during treatment.
     
  • Myfortic suppresses the immune system, and can make it harder for your body to fight or get over infections. You could develop potentially serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, including shingles; life-threatening blood infections; a brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML); or an infection with the BK virus, a virus that can damage your kidneys.
Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any signs of infection, such as:
    • Weakness on one side of the body
    • Confusion or difficulty thinking
    • Fever or chills
    • Sore throat
    • Body aches
    • Sores or wounds that do not heal, are red, or ooze pus
    • Painful urination.
 
  • This medicine may cause low blood cell counts, including low red blood cells (cells that carry oxygen throughout the body) and white blood cells (cells that fight infections). Your healthcare provider will monitor you for this side effect using simple blood tests. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience:
     
    • Unusual bleeding or bruising
    • Signs of infection
    • Fatigue or tiredness
    • Dizziness
    • Fainting.
  • Myfortic can cause bleeding in the stomach and intestines, which could be life-threatening. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop black, tarry stools; bright-red blood in the stool; or vomiting of blood, as these could be signs of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.
     
  • Your healthcare provider will monitor you closely during treatment with routine blood tests. It is important to keep all your healthcare provider and laboratory appointments.
     
  • Certain vaccinations may be less effective during Myfortic treatment (see Myfortic Drug Interactions). Check with your healthcare provider before receiving any vaccination or immunization while you are taking this drug.
 
  • People who are carriers for hepatitis B or hepatitis C may experience a reactivation of the virus while receiving Myfortic. This can be quite serious -- potentially even fatal. If you have ever had hepatitis B or C, your healthcare provider will need to monitor you closely to make sure the virus is not becoming reactivated.
 
  • Myfortic may react with a number of other medications (see Myfortic Drug Interactions for more information).
     
  • It is not known if Myfortic passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Myfortic and Breastfeeding).
     
  • This product is considered a pregnancy Category D medication. This means it may harm an unborn child if taken while pregnant (see Myfortic and Pregnancy).
     

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