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About Rapamunep>Rapamune is used together with cyclosporine and a steroid medication to prevent your body from rejecting a kidney transplant.
Precautions for Rapamune
Rapamune can increase your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which may require treatment.
Your doctor will monitor your kidney function and may adjust the dose of some of your immunosuppressant medications based on the test results.
Women of childbearing age should begin using an effective birth control method before starting to take Rapamune, continue during Rapamune treatment, and for 12 weeks after stopping Rapamune.
Before receiving any vaccinations, tell your doctor that you are taking Rapamune. Some vaccinations may be less effective during treatment with Rapamune, and certain vaccinations should be avoided.
Avoid sources of infection. Rapamune weakens your body's immune system and increases your risk of infection. Notify your doctor at the first sign of fever, chills, or a sore throat.
Side Effects of Rapamune
Rapamune is an immunosuppressant drug. Immunosuppressant drugs weaken your body's immune system and increase your risk of developing infection and possibly lymphoma. (See "Special Warnings").
Other side effects may include:
- increased cholesterol level
- increased lipid level
- high blood pressure
- joint pain
- decreased potassium level
- decreased blood platelets
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