What types of medication are needed after a kidney transplant?

What types of medication are needed after a kidney transplant?


– I’m Dr. Francis Wright. I’m a transplant surgeon here at the Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Specialty
of Transplant Hospital. (What types of medications are needed
after a kidney transplant?) Transplant medications
after your transplant can kinda be summed up fairly simply, two medications, twice a day is what most of our patients wind up on. Those medicines are Tacrolimus or PROGRAF as it was called by brand name and CellCept or mycophenolate
or one of its equivalents, both of these drugs are now
generic and may be dispensed as generic preparations for our patients. But they’re the main stay
of immunosuppression, there the thing that feeds
your kidney, as it were. You have to have three meals a day, but you need two medicines, twice a day to keep your transplant going. And the most common
reason we see for problems after transplantation
now is something related to these medicines. So somehow, not taking them, not being able to get them refilled, getting put on a medication
that interferes with them, having a change in the drug levels. That’s why we tell all
of our patients they need to let us know if they’re
on any new medications, if any of their current
medications are stopped or changed by other physicians. Or if they have any problems getting their medications refilled and of course, patients often have other health problems and will need to be on medications for high blood pressure or for diabetes, but the basic transplant medications are two medications, twice a day for as long as you want
to keep your transplants. If you follow that religiously, the chances of getting into
trouble are really very low now, less than 5% for a rejection episodes. (For additional information: 1-800-888-0402)

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