Your body recognizes that kidney tissue is foreign to your body and your immune system attacks against 'occupier'. Immune suppressant drugs weakening your immune system response prevents rejection of transplanted kidney. However, in the meantime, immunosuppressive drugs enable you to be more prone against infections. For this reason, a balance is needed between conflicting requirements for preventing this rejection and maintaining sufficient defense against infection. Immunosuppressive drug amount required for protecting a transplanted organ drops after the first months following surgery. Nevertheless, immunosuppressive drugs following transplantation are required for many years and you should not skip doses and reduce drug amount without permission of your doctor.
All the immunosuppressive drugs may cause some side effects. Due to reactions of patients to these medicines, every immunosuppressive regime is regulated by the personal requirement of the patients. Remember that most of the people do not experience all side effects given and over time, when your dose is lowered, you will experience fewer side effects.
Points to be considered about the drugs
• Take your drugs at the same time every day and in recommended dose.
• The dose of drug shouldn’t be changed without informing the doctor and consent.
• If you take more than one dose than recommended by accident, inform your doctor immediately.
• Remember that your drug is just for you.
• Do not use any drug after expiry date specified on the label.
• Take back unused drugs to transplantation service.
• In case of new or unusual side effect occurred while taking your drug, inform your doctor.
• Do not take drugs sold without prescription without permission of your doctor.
• Store your drugs in cool, dry places without light and keep them out of reach of children. Do not store your drugs in refrigerator unless otherwise is stated by your doctor or pharmacist.
• At weekends or before going on long holidays or while going for long journeys, make sure you have sufficient drug with you