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Mycophenolate Sodium

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Lymphoma, skin cancer, or any other type of cancer
  • An infection of any kind, including a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection
  • Plans to receive a vaccination
  • A weakened immune system due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or any other cause
  • A history of hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection
  • An ulcer in the stomach or upper intestines (peptic ulcer) or other digestive problems
  • A rare hereditary deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT), such as Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Warnings and Precautions With Mycophenolate Sodium to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Mycophenolate Sodium Work?

Mycophenolate sodium works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the body known as inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH). This enzyme is needed for T- and B-lymphocytes (cells that are part of the immune system) to multiply.
 
Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system, which is responsible for fighting infections, sees the transplanted organ as foreign material and attacks it. By preventing T- and B-lymphocytes from multiplying, mycophenolate sodium decreases the activity of the immune system, thus decreasing the risk of transplant rejection.
 
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