What is Cellcept? How goes it work?
Asked by Johnny Ominelli 4 months ago.
Brand Name: CellCept Generic Name: Mycophenolate Mofetil CellCept is a drug indicated for the prevention of organ rejection in patients receiving allogeneic (human to human) renal (kidney), cardiac or hepatic transplants. CellCept should be used at the same time with cyclosporine and corticosteroids. CellCept (Mycophenolate) is used in combination with other medications to keep your body from attacking and rejecting your transplanted organ (e.g., kidney, liver, heart). It belongs to a class of medications called immunosuppressants. This medication works by lowering your body's immune system activity. CellCept decreases the body's ability to protect against illness and infection, and may also increase your risk of developing lymph node tumors (lymphoma) and other types of tumors. Therefore, this medication must only be given under close medical supervision. Discuss the risks of taking mycophenolate with your doctor. CellCept is available for oral administration as capsules containing 250 mg ,500 mg of mycophenolate mofetil. Also as a powder for oral suspension, which when constituted contains 200 mg/mL mycophenolate mofetil. CellCept Intravenous should be administered within 24 hours following transplantation. CellCept Intravenous can be administered for up to 14 days; patients should be switched to oral CellCept as soon as they can tolerate oral medication. Hope this info helps! . Answered by Nicolas Prinz 4 months ago.
Cellcept for Lupus?
Anyone here had a bad reaction from the drug cellcept. Also, anyone taking cellcept and prednisone for their Lupus. Have you experienced any negative side effects with both drugs as well.
Asked by Leena Muhn 4 months ago.
I have not taken CellCept, but I have taken Prednisone, Methotrexate, Imuran and Cytoxan. I understand that CellCept is similar to Methotrexate, Imuran and Cytoxan since they are all Immunosuppressives. Methotrexate is the least problematic of the three Immunosuppressives (to me). I still had fatigue, nausea, low blood counts and some other problems... Prednisone made me hungry all the time (which was nice to me because usually I am nauseated and don't feel hungry at all) and it also made me feel "puffy". I was also really cranky and tired all of the time. Prednisone did make me feel better over the long run, but over the short term it was kinda a pain. The thing is that you need to talk to your doctor about your treatment options... and don't be afraid to try out new medicines if your doctor recommends them... talk with him or her about your concerns, what side effects you don't mind and which ones you can't tolerate, and keep communication open during your entire treatment plan. Don't be surprised if you begin taking a med and find out that you need to adjust the dose several times before you get to a good place. (You might even have to switch out meds.) Good luck and I hope your treatment brings you health! Answered by Jessie Penton 4 months ago.
I took prednisone from February 2003 to April 2006. I was constantly hungry, very irritable, had trouble sleeping and cried easily. I have been on Cellcept since October 2003 and am now on a low dose (250mg), At first I had increased fatigue when I took the morning dose of 500mg but that subsided. I am happy because it controls my nephropathy and many of the symptoms of lupus. Answered by Svetlana Bolan 4 months ago.
Is cellcept used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?
if so, how does it work?
Asked by Ignacio Presti 4 months ago.
Cellcept is mostly used for organ transplant patients, in order for the body not to reject the newly transplanted organ. Cellcept works by stopping a particular white blood cell (lymphocytes) from attacking the new organ. It does suppress the immune system and RA is an auto-immune disease, however it is a touchy regimen and the patient needs to follow the doctor's instructions to the absolute letter. Side effects can be mild to severe, depending on the individual; from acne, constipation to abdominal pain, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Answered by Yuri Harville 4 months ago.
Imagine for a moment your arthritis completely vanishing right now. If, in a moment, your pain and stiffness melted away. And your joints all of a sudden functioned like a well-oiled machine. Like a magic wand was waived, you'd be able to jump up from your chair and run around the room like a kid. And imagine that you'd never have to suffer as much as a pinch of arthritis stiffness or pain ever again. I know this sounds impossible right now, but bear with me, because sometimes miracles happen. It was a gift from a woman on the other side of the world. From the kindness of her heart, she took pity on my suffering and taught me how to completely reverse my arthritis. Today, I want to do the same for you! Answered by Annette Ansbacher 4 months ago.
There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, many different types of treatment can be used to alleviate symptoms and/or to modify the disease process. The goal of treatment in this chronic disease must be two-fold: to alleviate the current symptoms, and to prevent the future destruction of the joints and resulting handicap if the disease is left unchecked. These two goals may not always coincide: while pain relievers may achieve the first goal, they do not have any impact on the long-term consequences. For these reasons, most authorities believe that most RA should be treated by at least one specific anti-rheumatic medication, also named DMARD (see below), to which other medications and non-medical interventions can be added as needed. Cortisone therapy has offered relief in the past, but its long-term effects have been deemed undesirable.. However, cortisone injections can be valuable adjuncts to a long-term treatment plan, and using low dosages of daily cortisone (e.g., prednisone or prednisolone, 5-7.5 mg daily) can also have an important benefit if added to a proper specific anti-rheumatic treatment. Pharmacological treatment of RA can be divided into disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics. DMARDs have been found to produce durable remissions and delay or halt disease progression. In particular they prevent bone and joint damage from occurring secondary to the uncontrolled inflammation. This is important as such damage is usually irreversible. Anti-inflammatories and analgesics improve pain and stiffness but do not prevent joint damage or slow the disease progression. There is an increasing recognition amongst rheumatologists that permanent damage to the joints occurs at a very early stage in the disease. In the past the strategy used was to start with just an anti-inflammatory drug, and assess progression clinically and using X-rays. If there was evidence that joint damage was starting to occur then a more potent DMARD would be prescribed. Tools such as ultrasound and MRI are more sensitive methods of imaging the joints and have demonstrated that joint damage occurs much earlier and in more sufferers than was previously thought. People with normal X-rays will often have erosions detectable by ultrasound that X ray could not demonstrate. There may be other reasons why starting DMARDs early is beneficial as well as prevention of structural joint damage. In the early stage of the disease, the joints are increasingly infiltrated by cells of the immune system that signal to one another and are thought to set up self-perpetuating chronic inflammation. Interrupting this process as early as possible with an effective DMARD (such as methotrexate) appears to improve the outcome from the RA for years afterwards. Delaying therapy for as little as a few months after the onset of symptoms can result in worse outcomes in the long term. There is therefore considerable interest in establishing the most effective therapy with early arthritis, when they are most responsive to therapy and have the most to gain. Treatment also includes rest and physical activity. Regular exercise is important for maintaining joint mobility and making the joint muscles stronger. Swimming is especially good, as it allows for exercise with a minimum of stress on the joints. Heat and cold applications are modalities that can ease symptoms before and after exercise. Pain in the joints is sometimes alleviated by oral ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory. Other areas of the body, such as the eyes and lining of the heart, are treated individually. However, there is no diet that has been shown to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, although fish oil may have anti-inflammatory effects. Answered by Shanel Szufat 4 months ago.
cellcept treatment rheumatoid arthritis Answered by Leila Towels 4 months ago.
RA is an auto immune disease, and cellcept is an immunosuppressant. I dont know the exact details, but... If you supress the immune system, it supresses the disease as well. Answered by Raymond Zeis 4 months ago.
Anyone use Cellcept medication?
My Dr has me on Cellcept for Sarcoidosis. One time he says it has side effects that can make me very ill, next time he acts like it is a asperin nothing to worry about. I have had the Sarcoidosis for 7 years now and it is all through my lungs, wind pipe and heart, and keeps spreading. I have been on cell cept...
Asked by Carole Lasselle 4 months ago.
My Dr has me on Cellcept for Sarcoidosis. One time he says it has side effects that can make me very ill, next time he acts like it is a asperin nothing to worry about. I have had the Sarcoidosis for 7 years now and it is all through my lungs, wind pipe and heart, and keeps spreading. I have been on cell cept now about 3 months and feel extreamly tired and weak. I also am diabetic, alergic astma, sleep apnea, rls. Can you tell me if anyone else is having side effects and if so should I continue on it. TY, Ira Answered by Jenna Coffman 4 months ago.
I have been on Cellcept for use as an immunosuppressant following my kidney/pancreas transplant. It worked well for that, but I had a lot of diarrhea which was blamed on the Cellcept, so I switched to another immunosuppressant. I can't say I was tired from it though. I was given a a transplant guide including all the info on the medicines, and here is what mine says can be the side effects of Cellcept: nausea, vomiting & diarrhea; decrease in white blood cells & platelets; lack of energy; anemia; Of course, since you are also diabetic, you may want to have your hemoglobin checked. Kidney disease can be a complication of diabetes, and kidney disease can cause anemia which would show up through a hemoglobin lab. I took some great injections called Procrit for my kidney disease related anemia, and it worked extremely well so that I was not longer tired You may want to check some transplant message boards/sites too, since those people are the most likely people to be using it. Some that I know of are transplantcafe.com, transplantbuddies.com, and kidney.org (which includes everyone w/ kidney disease). Answered by Ezekiel Momphard 4 months ago.
Should I be as worried as I am about Cellcept?
Today I got prescribed Cellcept for my Wegener's granulomatosis. The list of side effects really freaked me out. I've been on and off Methotrexate and Predinsone a few times over the past few years, but it still keeps coming back :/So basically should I be this worried, and what should I do to minimize...
Asked by Iraida Brantz 4 months ago.
Today I got prescribed Cellcept for my Wegener's granulomatosis. The list of side effects really freaked me out. I've been on and off Methotrexate and Predinsone a few times over the past few years, but it still keeps coming back :/ So basically should I be this worried, and what should I do to minimize side effects/ stay as healthy as possible? Answered by Charmaine Beish 4 months ago.
Cellcept is an immunosuppressant, as are Prednisone and Methotrexate. If your doctor believes that Cellcept is needed, then they are the best ones to make this call. Eat healthy and exercise as much as you can. Make sure you wash your hands regularly, especially in winter. I would also ask your doctor about live vaccines. These generally are not recommended when you're on immunosuppressants. Good luck. ..... Answered by Heidi Baudler 4 months ago.
MCTD - Arava or Cellcept?
I've had a really hard time going below 20. A flare up would come and I'd need to go back up and then start the weaning again. Get to about 17 and would be back up a month later. As for bone densities, I am currently have "osteopenia" but have been told it's osteoporosis because 1) you...
Asked by Jannie Otano 4 months ago.
I have Miced Connective Tissue Disease. I've been on 20mg of Prednisone for 8+ years. I've tried Plaquenil, Imuran, Methotrexate and Remicade all of which had unlivable side effects or didn't work. What worries me the most is whether or not they will be like Methotrexate which worked well but caused crazy mouth sores. I also am terrified of losing my hair. I'm desperate to get off / lower Prednisone though, so of the two any idea which will be a better choice? Also, one rhuemy mentioned both, but said they wouldn't work and another one (different country) wants me on Arava more than Cellcept. Answered by Daniel Vivenzio 4 months ago.
I've had a really hard time going below 20. A flare up would come and I'd need to go back up and then start the weaning again. Get to about 17 and would be back up a month later. As for bone densities, I am currently have "osteopenia" but have been told it's osteoporosis because 1) you automatically jump a level while on steroids and 2) I've had multiple fractures (T4 T5, ribs, etc) I'm not sure Benlysta is available in Canada yet. I've heard about it though. My doc in Canada last said there are no options other than pain management. The doctor here in Mexico wants to try the Arava more so than the Cellcept. I am terrified of the hair loss as mine already is thin. I could use the weight loss though. I was on Plaquenil long before I agreed to the Prednisone. It wa stopped because a visual field test showed problems were happening with my eyes. I was immediately taken off it. I'm not sure why the doc tried Remicade.. My current Canadian doc wond Answered by Rebecca Lant 4 months ago.
cellcept, is not actuallywhat would be considered a viable chemotherpay agent today. Many years ago, it would have been used to treat some types of cancer with only short term success or no success. Today it is considered an immunosuppresent, like many of the drugs used to treat Lupus and many other autoimmune diseases, it is also used in paitents who have had kidney transplants, or who have Lupus Nerphritis. Last year I was on Cytoxin, another early chemotherapy agent, now called a strong imunosuppresent. Like you cellcept is being tossed around the table at my doctors office. cellcept, is a very strong immunosuppresent, and can have many side effects, some of which I will list. But belive me, when I had my major flare of Lupus brain Cebritis last year, without one of these two drugs, I may have died. So I belive that if you are this ill and CellCept is being talked about, you may be ill enough that regardless of the side efects you may really need it. Just really ask the doctor why you need it, for how long, what form; pill or IV and what results He/or she hopes to see here are some of the side effect, just remeber, since I went through somthing very similar last year that saved my life, it is worth it. a few months of side effects are worth it and prefered to dying (at least in my case before 40). What are the possible side effects of CellCept? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using CellCept and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; bloody, black, or tarry stools; painful or difficult urination; or numbness or tingly feeling. Continue using CellCept and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting; diarrhea or constipation; mild weakness; tremor or dizziness; anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia); swelling of the feet or lower legs; or a skin rash Answered by Tama Fader 4 months ago.
Can cellcept harm my baby if only taken during first month of pregnancy?
Ive been on cellcept for 4 years now due to a kidney transplant.but im trying to get pregnant & was not informed that cellcept could harm my baby.so now im waiting to see my doctor in two weeks to be taken off cellcept so i can concieve.but im late on my period & im scared i might be pregnant while taking cellcept....
Asked by Letisha Hubric 4 months ago.
Ive been on cellcept for 4 years now due to a kidney transplant.but im trying to get pregnant & was not informed that cellcept could harm my baby.so now im waiting to see my doctor in two weeks to be taken off cellcept so i can concieve.but im late on my period & im scared i might be pregnant while taking cellcept. will cellcept harm my baby if im only a couple weeks pregnant? Answered by Melanie Bragas 4 months ago.
Anyone that has been on "Cellcept", can you answer this for me?
i use to have real soft and pretty hair. but ever since i got on cellcept it falls out all the time. but not only that, it is also very brittle and breaks off easily. i am on 2,000mg a day for over 2 years now. i have Lupus SLE.it is hard to tell that it is falling off because my hair is so thick so people...
Asked by Cassaundra Bielefeld 4 months ago.
i use to have real soft and pretty hair. but ever since i got on cellcept it falls out all the time. but not only that, it is also very brittle and breaks off easily. i am on 2,000mg a day for over 2 years now. i have Lupus SLE. it is hard to tell that it is falling off because my hair is so thick so people don't even notice it, but i do because i see it in my brush and on the floor. i was wondering if anyone experienced this problem with Cellcept also. and do you know of any products to make my hair not so breakable. it is heartbreaking to have to comb my hair and see it break off so easily and be so dry. thank you. Answered by Cher Macclairty 4 months ago.
i too have sle and take cellcept.my hair was falling out before i started the meds, but once my dr added plaquenil my hair started to grow back. ARe you african american? I am and I just take extreme care of my hair. I try to keep it braided so i dont have to pull on it with a brush so much. I also put tea tree oil and carrot oil on my scalp. i also take a hair,skin and nails vitamin from gnc. it seems to help alot. and dont forget to drink alot of water. use a good conditioner on your hair as well so as to give it some elasticity.i wish you well. you should join "butterflies on the rise" an online support group for people with lupus. this is the kind of info we share! ~Kaamilah Answered by Setsuko Pittmann 4 months ago.
Is there anyone taking CellCept? If so, how long did you take it and what symptoms did you have?
SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY. THANKS!Hi, I was diagnosed with lupus almost 2 years ago after over 11 years of dealing with various symptoms and flares and kidney disease. Right now I am only taking 1/2 a 250 mg chloroquine tablet once a day but I still have pain and fatigue and my sed rate is going up slowly, which it...
Asked by Arnette Sabbah 4 months ago.
SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY. THANKS! Hi, I was diagnosed with lupus almost 2 years ago after over 11 years of dealing with various symptoms and flares and kidney disease. Right now I am only taking 1/2 a 250 mg chloroquine tablet once a day but I still have pain and fatigue and my sed rate is going up slowly, which it does during seasonal changes. My doctor wants me to start chemo or steroids, which scares the crap out of me. I saw online that there is something called CellCept that may work to reduce lupus symptoms that may have more tolerable symptoms than chemo, but I don't want to jump into anything. Can someone who has lupus who has or is using CellCept tell me if it works, how long it works, if you experienced any really bad side effects and if so did you recover? And did the lupus come back? Thank you for your help. Answered by Ruthe Kohut 4 months ago.
My wife has been taking cellcept for her Lupus for the last two and a half years with little side effects. She was a little sick to her stomach at first but now it really doesn't affect her. It has done wonders for her Lupus flare ups though. She hasn't had kidney involvement since being on the drug and she is only taking 5 mg of prednisone right now. She also has antiocardiolipid syndrome and takes coumadin to thin her blood. If you have any more questions or would like some more detailed info please feel free to email me Answered by Kiyoko Passwater 4 months ago.
Hi I do not have Lupus, but I do have a similar auto-immune disease. I can imagine we take the same drugs for the same reasons, because our auto-immune systems are out of controll and need to be supressed, I have been taking methotrexate (aka chemo), and it's been absolutely horrible. The side effects of nausea and vomiting were miserable. Plus, I was sooooo tired. I would sleep for 18 hours, get up, and need a nap within 2 hours. Just today, I am starting a new medication... Cellcept! I am hoping for the best. I dont know what to expect. I dont know what side effects to expect either. I can let you know though! The worst drug I've ever had to take though, was prednisone (steropids). I would recommend you do ANYTHING to avoid taking it! I gained 20 pounds in weeks on it, and it was not because of over eating! The drug makes you gain weight. AND... it redistributes your fat into your belly - so now I have a beer belly. :o( I gained 3 inches in my waistline. Dieting wont help - there is nothing you can do to avoid it. I wish you the best as you battle your fight! I hope you fight the fight! Good luck, Answered by Blondell Kellish 4 months ago.
Cellcept will usually cause cancer Answered by Loida Grassia 4 months ago.
Has anyone had any side effects to CellCept for arthritis? Is it Safe?
I have been prescribed CellCept and I want to get some feedback on any serious complications or minor side effects. Anyone can relate?
Asked by Maisha Aguillar 4 months ago.
I have a pain management specialist. I've had one hip replaced, the other is going, and a collapsing lumbar spine. ..caused by either old age, (over 50) bad luck, or my horse falling on me when I was 12. My arthritis is not general... i.e., not in every joint.... just where the horse fell.... My arthritis is osteo, not rherum. Suggestions from him: Omega 3 capsules, 3000 mg per day, that works out to about 6 big capsules, twice per day. Don't buy any with Omega 6. The stuff in Omega 3 are from fish oils, but don't by the fish oils... you need just the Omega 3. He says he himself is much, much better with this product. As well, go one line and find a capsule with Boswellia, Ginger, Tumeric in it. He recommends Boswellia too...... I take three a day of those. I'm much, much better. Just a hint. I have no idea of your age, your weight, nor your activity level, , nor where your arthritis is located. Knees and hips can be injected with either Synvic (knees) or a steroid (hips) and as well, if you have lower lumbar spine pain, those offending areas can be isolated, and the offending nerve ablated.... (These nerves have nothing to do with motor ability.) Write, if you wish more information. Answered by Dot Joswick 4 months ago.