Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s belongs to a class of medications called ‘immunosuppressants’ used to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ such as a kidney, heart or liver.
Transplant rejection occurs when the recipient’s immune system identifies the transplanted organ as a ‘foreign object’ and attacks it. If it is not treated promptly, it may cause irreversible damage.
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s contains ‘Mycophenolate mofetil’ used in the treatment of organ transplant rejection along with another immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory agent.
It inhibits T and B lymphocytes (a type of white blood cells that attack foreign cells) and suppresses the production of antibodies (identify and kill foreign cells). These effects suppress the immune system so that the transplanted graft is not rejected.
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s is available in the form of oral tablets, suspension and injections. It would help if you took the oral formulations, i.e. tablet and suspension on an empty stomach. Also, make sure you avoid direct contact of the suspension with the skin.
The dose and duration are prescribed by the doctor based on your health condition. Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s’s common side-effects are diarrhoea, vomiting, decreased white blood cells and red blood cell count and infections. Consult your doctor right away if any of these side-effects persist or get worsen.
Do not take Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s if you are allergic to ‘mycophenolate mofetil’ or any ingredients present in it. Also, do not take if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, not using effective contraception and breastfeeding.
It can cause birth defects/congenital disabilities in the unborn baby, so make sure you take a pregnancy test before using Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s if you are a woman of childbearing potential. You are advised to use effective contraception while taking Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s.
It can increase the risk of skin cancer, so wear protective clothing and limit exposure to sunlight. It increases the risk of infections as it can suppress the immune system. Do not donate blood or sperm without informing your doctor. Please do not take any vaccinations as it may be less effective.
Uses of Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s
Transplant rejection prophylaxis
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s contains ‘Mycophenolate mofetil’ which belongs to the class of ‘immunosuppressants’. It is used to prevent organ transplant rejection.
It reduces the activity of the immune system by inhibiting the action of white blood cells (responsible for immune reaction) in the body. It is preferred to use over steroids, which have long-term side-effects.
Mycept 250 Capsule belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants. It is used with other medicines to prevent your body from rejecting an organ (such as a kidney, heart, or liver) after a transplant. It works by suppressing your body’s immune system so that it does not attack the new organ.
The amount of Mycept 250 Capsule you take and how often you take it depends on the type of transplant you have. Follow your doctor’s instructions on this. You should take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Swallow it as a whole, do not crush, chew, or break it. Take the medicine regularly to get maximum benefit and keep taking it even when you feel well. The treatment will continue for as long as you need it to prevent rejection.
The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, high blood pressure, and changes in the number of white blood cells. You may catch more infections than usual as medicine suppresses the immune system. There is also an increased risk of developing some cancers for this reason.
To reduce your risk of skin cancer, limit your exposure to the sun and use sunscreen. There is a long list of potential side effects of this medicine. You should ask your doctor about them and what signs to look out for because some of them can be serious and need urgent medical attention.
Mycept 250 Capsule can cause birth defects and abortion so do not take it if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any signs of infection or if you have any unexpected bruising or bleeding.
You should also let your healthcare team know all other medicines you are taking as they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. You will have regular tests to check for any changes in the number of your blood cells and the amount of sugar and cholesterol in your blood.
Directions for Use
Side Effects of Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s
Like all medicines, Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s also causes some side-effects, although not everybody gets them. The common side-effects of Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s are diarrhoea, vomiting, infections, low white blood cell (WBC) or red blood cell (RBC) count.
In general, children and elderly patients are more prone to these side-effects. Inform your doctor right away if any of these side-effects persist or worsen.
In-Depth Precautions and Warning
Before taking Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s, inform your doctor if you have a sign of infection such as a fever or sore throat, have any unexpected bruising or bleeding, have a history of digestive system problems such as a stomach ulcer, are planning to become pregnant, get pregnant while taking Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s, and have rare hereditary disorders such as Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome (conditions caused by a deficiency of the enzyme hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT)).
Limit your exposure to sunlight as Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s increases the risk of skin cancer. Do not donate blood while taking Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s and for at least 60 days after discontinuing the therapy.
Men should not donate sperm while taking Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s for at least 90 days after discontinuing the therapy. Please do not take any vaccinations (live vaccine) as it will not be much effective.
The oral suspension contains aspartame (sweetener and a phenylalanine source), so it should be used with caution in patients with phenylketonuria (a birth defect/congenital disability that causes decreased metabolism of phenylalanine).
Drug-drug interactions: Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s may interact with an immunosuppressant (azathioprine), antiviral medications (aciclovir and ganciclovir), a medication used to treat tuberculosis (rifampicin), antacids such as proton pump inhibitors, medications used to treat chronic kidney failure such as phosphate binders, and an antibiotic (norfloxacin+metronidazole).
Drug-food interactions: Avoid alcohol consumption as it may worsen the condition by increasing the risk of side-effects.
Drug-disease interactions: Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s should be used with caution in patients with liver or kidney disease, stomach ulcers, chronic infections and phenylketonuria.
Consumption of alcohol may worsen the condition by increasing the risk of side-effects.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s is a pregnancy category D drug. It causes birth defects in the fetus. So, it is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers as it may get secreted in the breast milk. However, your doctor may prescribe Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s may not affect your ability to drive. However, ask your doctor’s advice, whether it is safe to drive based on your health conditions.
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s should be used with caution in patients with liver diseases. Dose adjustments may be necessary.
Mycept 250 Capsule 10’s should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases. Dose adjustments may be necessary.
Diet & Lifestyle Advise
- Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet as it helps you to recover quickly. A dietitian will help you to create a diet plan based on your health condition.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked food.
- Protect yourself from exposure to sunlight and soil. Wear a long-sleeve shirt, hat, long pants and shoes while going outdoors. Also, wear sunscreen with high SPF.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Limit alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
- Talk with your doctor at least 2 months before leaving, if you plan to travel, especially to developing countries.
Your doctor may advise you to take regular blood tests to monitor blood cell counts and liver function. In general, the tests are done every 2 to 4 weeks in the initial two months, followed by once every 2 to 3 months.
Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).