Prograf Uses

If you have had a kidney, heart, or liver transplant, Prograf may help prevent your body from attacking and rejecting the new organ. This prescription medicine works by suppressing the immune system, making it less active. There are also times when a healthcare provider may recommend "off-label," or unapproved, uses for Prograf, such as treating Crohn's disease, psoriasis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Prograf Used For?

Prograf® (tacrolimus) is a prescription medication approved to prevent organ rejection in people who have received a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. It is always used in combination with other medications.
An organ transplant is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or failing organ is replaced with a healthy one. Not all organs can be transplanted. Organs that can be transplanted include the heart, kidney, liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines.
People who receive an organ transplant are at risk for transplant rejection. Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system recognizes a newly transplanted organ as foreign matter and attacks it. Transplant rejection can cause a transplanted organ to fail.
Anti-rejection medicines, including Prograf, are given after transplant surgery to reduce the risk of transplant rejection. If you have received an organ transplant, you will usually need to take an anti-rejection medicine for the rest of your life. Anti-rejection medications are also called immunosuppressants because they suppress the immune system.
Prograf is an immunosuppressant approved for use after a kidney, liver, or heart transplant, in combination with a corticosteroid (such as prednisone). It is also used with azathioprine (Imuran®) or mycophenolate (CellCept®, Myfortic®) after a kidney or heart transplant.

Prograf Medication Information

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