When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Rapamune include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a tablet and an oral solution (liquid). It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take Rapamune with or without food. However, you should always take it the same way -- either always with food or always without food.
  • Try to take your doses at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • Do not crush, cut, or chew Rapamune tablets. They should be swallowed whole.
  • If you are also taking cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®), take your cyclosporine dosage four hours before Rapamune.
  • The oral solution should be mixed with water or orange juice immediately before you take your dose. Follow the specific instructions that came with your prescription to correctly prepare and take the solution. If you are unsure about anything in the instructions, or were not given instructions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. This medicine will not protect you from transplant rejection if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of Rapamune your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your weight
  • Your Rapamune blood levels
  • Your risk for transplant rejection
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Rapamune Dosage for more information.)

Rapamune Medication Information

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