myfortic is available as 180 mg and 360 mg tablets.
Take myfortic exactly as prescribed by your health care provider. Do not stop taking or change your dose of myfortic without talking to your health care provider.
Take myfortic on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Swallow myfortic whole. Do not crush, chew, or cut myfortic. The myfortic tablets have a coating so that the medicine will pass through your stomach and dissolve in your intestine.
Do not change (substitute) between using myfortic delayed-release tablets and mycophenolate mofetil tablets, capsules, or oral suspension for one another unless your health care provider tells you to. These medicines are absorbed differently. This may affect the amount of medicine in your blood. Be sure to keep all appointments at your transplant clinic. During these visits, your doctor may perform regular blood tests.
For additional important information regarding pregnancy, see Patient Medication Guide.
Limit the amount of time you spend in sunlight. Avoid using tanning beds and sunlamps. People who take myfortic have a higher risk of getting skin cancer. Wear protective clothing when you are in the sun and use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF 30 and above). This is especially important if your skin is fair (light colored) or you have a family history of skin cancer.
What if I take too much?
If you take more than the prescribed dose of myfortic, call your doctor right away.
What if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take myfortic, take it as soon as you remember and then take your next dose at its regular time. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what to do.
What is the most important information I should know about myfortic?
myfortic can cause serious side effects, including:
If you plan to become pregnant, talk with your doctor. Your doctor will decide if other medicines to prevent rejection may be right for you.
Do not take myfortic if you are allergic to mycophenolic acid, mycophenolate sodium, mycophenolate mofetil, or any of the ingredients in myfortic.
Before taking myfortic, tell your doctor if you have any digestive problems, such as ulcers; plan to receive any vaccines; have Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or another rare inherited deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT); are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if myfortic passes into breast milk. You and your doctor will decide if you will take myfortic or breastfeed.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect the way myfortic works and myfortic may affect how some medicines work. Especially tell your doctor if you take: birth control pills (oral contraceptives), antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium. myfortic and antacids should not be taken at the same time; acyclovir (Zovirax®); ganciclovir (Cytovene® IV, Valcyte®); azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®); cholestyramine (Questran® Light, Questran®, Locholest Light, Prevalite®).
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your health care provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Do not take any new medicine without talking to your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking myfortic?
What are possible side effects of myfortic?
myfortic can cause serious side effects: Stomach and intestinal bleeding can happen in people who take myfortic. Bleeding can be severe and you may have to be hospitalized for treatment.
The most common side effects in people with a new transplant include: low blood cell counts (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets), constipation, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, urinary tract infections, stomach upset.
In people who take myfortic for a long time (long-term) after transplant: low blood cell counts (red blood cells, white blood cells), nausea, diarrhea, sore throat.
Your health care provider will do blood tests before you start taking myfortic and during treatment with myfortic to check your blood cell counts. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any signs of infection, or any unexpected bruising or bleeding. Also, tell your health care provider if you have unusual tiredness, dizziness, or fainting.
These are not all the possible side effects of myfortic. Your health care provider may be able to help you manage these side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is myfortic® (mycophenolic acid) delayed-release tablets?
myfortic is a prescription medicine given to prevent rejection (antirejection medicine) in people who have received a kidney transplant.
myfortic is used with other medicines containing cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Gengraf®, and Neoral®) and corticosteroids. myfortic can be used to prevent rejection in children who are 5 years or older and are stable after having a kidney transplant.
It is not known if myfortic is safe and works in children younger than 5 years.
It is not known how myfortic works in children who have just received a new kidney transplant.
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Reference: 1. myfortic [prescribing information]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2015.