What Is Rapamune Used For?

If you are discussing a kidney transplant with your healthcare provider, you have probably been told that you will need to take an immunosuppressant medication, such as Rapamune® (sirolimus), for the rest of your life. But what is Rapamune used for, specifically?
Rapamune is known as an "anti-rejection" drug. It is taken to decrease the activity of the immune system. This makes it less likely for your immune system to perceive your new kidney as a threat, which in turn reduces your risk of transplant rejection.
(To learn more about what this drug is used for, including off-label purposes, click Rapamune Uses.)
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