Mycophenolate Mofetil (CellCept®) and Lupus
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept®) is a drug that was developed to suppress the immune system, thereby preventing the rejection of transplanted organs. It is also used in lupus to slow down the immune system, particularly if inflammation threatens internal organs such as the kidneys.
CellCept® is a powerful drug. It can have a number of effects on the body. As a result, it is important that you understand how it is used to treat your lupus. You will need to work closely with your doctor and nurse and undergo regular lab tests to make sure that the amount of the drug you are taking gives you the benefits you need with as few side effects as possible.
Possible Side Effects
These include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, fever, headache, high blood pressure, nausea, respiratory infection, swelling of hands and feet, and urinary tract infection.
Tell your nurse or doctor right away if you have any side effects.
- Do not take more than the recommended dose.
- Avoid exposure to infections. Stay away from crowds and people known to have colds, the flu, or other infections. Let your doctor or nurse know if you experience symptoms of infection.
- Tell any nurse, doctor, or dentist who is taking care of you that you are taking CellCept® for your lupus.
- WARNING! Cellcept® can never be taken during pregnancy.