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What Is Mycophenolate Sodium Used For?

By decreasing the activity of the immune system, mycophenolate sodium helps prevent the body from perceiving a newly transplanted kidney as a threat. This makes it less likely for the new kidney to be rejected by the body. Mycophenolate sodium is approved for use in adults and children over the age of five; however, any child taking this drug must be able to swallow tablets.

An Overview of Uses for Mycophenolate Sodium

Mycophenolate sodium (Myfortic®) is a prescription anti-rejection medication that belongs to a group of drugs called immunosuppressants. It is approved to prevent organ rejection in people who have received a renal (kidney) transplant. Mycophenolate sodium is used in combination with cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®) and a corticosteroid (such as prednisone).
A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy kidney from a donor is placed into a person whose kidneys are no longer functioning properly. The transplanted kidney takes over the work of the failing kidneys. Because only one kidney is needed to replace two failing kidneys, the healthy kidney can come from a living donor.
People who receive a kidney transplant are at risk for organ rejection. This is because the immune system, which protects the body against potentially harmful substances, recognizes the transplanted kidney as foreign and attacks it. It is important to prevent transplant rejection from occurring, as this can cause a transplanted kidney to fail.
Anti-rejection medicines are given after transplant surgery to help prevent rejection. People who have received an organ transplant will usually need to take anti-rejection medicines, such as mycophenolate sodium, for the rest of their lives.
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