Benefits of Rapamune
An important part of a successful kidney transplant (as well as other transplant surgeries) is to prevent organ rejection after the procedure. People who have received a kidney transplant will need to take anti-rejection medicines the rest of their lives to prevent the immune system from attacking the new kidney.
The prescription drug Rapamune® (sirolimus) is one of the medications that can be beneficial in preventing organ rejection. How does it work? Organ rejection occurs when the immune system, which works to defend the body against harmful substances, sees the new organ as a potential threat and tries to get rid of it. Rapamune weakens the immune system, making it less likely to reject the new kidney.
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