If you had a liver, kidney, or heart transplant and your body is rejecting the organ, your healthcare provider may prescribe Orthoclone OKT®3 (muromonab-CD3). But what is this medicine and how does it work?
Orthoclone OKT3, sometimes simply referred to as OKT3, comes as an intravenous (IV) injection. Your dosage will depend on several factors, such as your age, weight, and how you respond to the drug. The intravenous injection is administered by a healthcare provider for 10 to 14 days.
As a type of immunosuppressant, OKT3 works by making the immune system less active. By suppressing the immune system, this drug can help stop the body from rejecting a newly transplanted organ. Possible side effects may include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea.
(Click Orthoclone OKT3 for more details on what OKT3 is and how it works. This full-length article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible safety concerns, and more.)
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