Generic Name(s): tacrolimus
Drug Class: CNI Immunosuppressants
Treats: Organ Transplant
Prograf is used to prevent your body from rejecting organs during a transplant surgery. Prograf works by lowering one's immune system so that the body can accept any new organs.
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Prograf is used to lower the body's immune system so that it can easily accept a new organ during transplant surgery. By doing this, the immune system can accept the new organ as if it were already apart of the body and not an invader.
Prograf is used to treat the following transplant surgeries: Kidney, heart, or liver.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Prograf:
- Organ transplant
Prograf dosage is completely dependent on the individual that takes it, as it can be used for a variety of conditions. Note that the amount of Prograf you take also depends on the age of the individual. In addition to that the amount of Prograf you take also depends on the strength of each pill/tablet and the amount of times you plan on taking the pill/tablet a day. Note that Prograf also depends on the type of condition you are treating.
Note that Prograf should be administered no sooner than 6 hours after the liver or heart transplant surgery. For kidney, the dosage should be administered within 24 hours of the surgery.
Prograf dosage to treat anemia from chronic kidney failure
- (Kidney)For adults, the dosage is based on the patients body weight. Usually the daily dosage is .2mg per kg of the person's body weight.
- (Liver)For adults, the dosage is based on the patients body weight. Usually the dosage is .10-.15mg per kg of the person's body weight.
- (Heart)For adults, the dosage is based on the patients body weight. Usually the dosage is .075mg per kg of the person's body weight.
- For children, usage and dosage should be determined by a doctor's consultation.
Prograf Side Effects
Prograf, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Prograf Side Effects
- Stomach pain
- Mild headache
- Swelling of feet or hands
- Pain or tenderness around injected area
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Rapid weight gain
- Chest pain
- Bloody stools
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Altered vision
- Muscle weakness
- Low potassium levels
- Limp feeling
- Slow reflexes
- Signs of brain infection: change of mental state, speech, walking
- Sore throat
- Mouth sores
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual bleeding
- Easy bruising
Below you will find a list of Prograf drug and substance interactions. In many cases Prograf should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult your physician before taking any new medication.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Prograf.