What is Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule?
Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule contains a drug called Tacrolimus. It belongs to the group of medicines known as immunosuppressants. This Capsule is used to prevent your body from rejecting a new organ such as a liver, kidney, or heart after a transplant. So it weakens your body’s immune system so that the new organ is not attacked.
What Tacrolimus drug is used for?
Tacrolimus is sold under the brand name Prograf. It is manufactured in India by Biocon Limited. Tacrolimus is used along with other medications to prevent rejection ( attack of a transplanted organ by the immune system of a person receiving the organ) in people who have a kidney transplant. It is used along with other medicines to prevent rejection in people who have received a liver or heart transplant. It is in a class of medications called immunosuppressants. It works to decrease the activity of the immune system to prevent it from attacking the transplanted organ.
What is transplant rejection?
Each person is a one-of-a-kind collection of cells, tissues, and organs. The body system that recognizes a person’s cells and tissues are called the immune system. Rejection is a process in which the immune system finds foreign cells and tissues in the body. It attempts to destroy them to protect the body from harm,
When a person receives a kidney transplant, the immune system sees it as foreign and attempts to reject it by producing cells and or antibodies that occupy and damage the kidney. To prevent the immune system from damaging the transplanted kidney, you will take immunosuppressant ( anti-rejection ) drugs. It is very important to take your medications every day, as prescribed by your doctor. A sudden decline in kidney transplant functions due to injury caused by the immune system can occur despite taking these medications. These events are called “ rejections”.
What is a Kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant, sometimes known as a renal transplant, is a treatment for kidney failure at end-stage renal disease. Kidney transplant surgery is a major failure during which a person with kidney failure receives a new kidney either from a living donor or a deceased donor. A successful kidney transplant is the closest to natural kidney function and is considered the most effective treatment for a kidney transplant. It offers a chance for a longer and healthier life.
- What are the requirements of a kidney transplant?
Each hospital has its criteria but in general, candidates should have:
End-stage renal failure an be on dialysis
Late-stage chronic kidney disease
A life expectancy of at least five years
A full understanding of postoperative instructions and care.
What is a Liver transplant?
The liver is a vital organ, meaning that one cannot live without it. The liver serves many critical functions including metabolism of drugs and toxins, removing degradation products of normal body metabolism, and synthesis of many important proteins and enzymes.
A liver transplant is an operation that replaces a patient’s diseased liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from another person. Transplantation is the only cure for insufficiency or liver failure because no device or machine performs all the functions of the liver.
- What are the requirements of a liver transplant?
The minimum requirements for liver transplant are:
Signs of liver failure
Surgery and recovery
Risk of alcohol or drug abuse
What is a heart transplant?
A heart transplant is a surgery to remove the diseased heart from a person and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. To remove the heart from the donor, two or more healthcare providers must declare the donor brain dead.
You may need a heart transplant if you have end-stage heart failure, a disease in which the heart muscle is failing severely in its attempt to pump blood through the body. It means other treatments are no longer working. End-stage heart failure is the final stage of heart failure.
- What are the requirements of a heart transplant?
Some causes of heart transplant include:
High blood pressure
Heart valve disease
Alcoholism or drugs abuse
Chronic lung disease
Low red blood cell count
Heart muscle is enlarged
The benefit of Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule
- In the treatment of prevention of transplantation rejection
Tacrograf 0.25 Capsule belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants and is used to prevent organ rejection in transplant recipients. When your immune system sees a new organ as interference and attacks it. It is called organ rejection. This medicine minimizes the likelihood of your body attacking the donated organ by weakening your immune response. It is used in combination with other medications to increase your chances of a successful transplant.
Side effects of Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule
Here are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need a doctor’s attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include:
Nausea or vomiting
Swelling of feet or lower legs
Loss of appetite
How is the Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule taken?
Take a Tacrograf 0.25mg capsule either with or without food. Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Dose and duration will decide your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew and break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Much other medicine can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medication you are using during the treatment.
How does the Tacrograf 0.25mg Capsule work?
Tacrograf 0.25 mg is an immunosuppressive drug. Your immune system is suppressed following an organ transplant with the medication i.e., liver, heart, or kidney. This allows your body to accept the new organ as if it were an integral part of you.