What is Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule?
Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule contains salt called Tacrolimus. 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. It belongs to the class of medications which is known as immunosuppressants.
What Tacrolimus drug is used for?
Tacrolimus is sold under the brand name Prograf. It is manufactured in India by Mediart Lifesciences Private 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?
Rejection can occur at any time after your transplant, but it is more likely to happen within the first 6 months. Transplant rejection happens when your body does not accept the new organ. It can happen just after your surgery or in the years following your transplant. Through a treatment plan of immunosuppressive medication, the effects of rejection can be reversed and your body can readjust to your new organ.
What is a Kidney transplant?
A kidney transplant is a surgery that involves taking a healthy kidney from a donor and placing it into a person whose kidneys are no longer working properly.
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located on each side of the spine just below the rib cage. Each is about the size of a fist. Their main function is to filter and remove waste, minerals, and fluid from the blood by producing urine.
- 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?
A liver transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a failing liver with a healthy one that comes from another person’s body. You can receive a whole liver from a donor after death.
Your liver is the largest internal organ and performs several critical functions including processing nutrients, producing bile, making proteins, removing bacteria, preventing infection, and regulating immune responses.
- 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 an organ transplant surgery that replaces your heart with a donated heart from another person. To receive a heart transplant, you must be very ill and need medical therapy and a new heart to survive.
- 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 amount of Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule you take and how often you take it depends on the type of transplant you have, your body weight, and what other medicines you are taking. You should take it on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take this medicine regularly to get the maximum benefit and keep taking it. Dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking the medicine before your doctor’s advice.
Common side effects of this medicine include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and difficulty sleeping. It lowers your immune system so you are more prone to infections. if these side effects become serious. Your doctor can prevent and give you relief from the side effects during the treatment. It makes you feel better.
The benefit of Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule
- In the treatment of prevention of transplantation rejection
Tacrol 0.5mg capsule belongs to a group of medicines known as immunosuppressants. Organ rejection happens when your immune system treats the new organ as an invader and attacks it. This medicine weakens your immune system and reduces the chances of your body attacking the transplanted organ. It is used in combination with other medicines to make transplant operations more likely to be successful.
Side effects of Tacrol 0.5mg 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 does Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule take?
The amount of Tacrol 0.5mg Capsule you take and how often you take it depends on the type of transplant you have, your body weight, and what other medicines you are taking. You should take it on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take this medicine regularly to get the maximum benefit and keep taking it. 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 Tacrol 0.5mg capsule work?
This Capsule decreases the activity of your body’s immune system and prevents it from attacking the transplanted organ.