Keep these four rules in mind:
- Do not take any medications other than those prescribed to you by your transplant team without discussing it with them first.
Some medications can interact with your transplant medications, and some can even harm your kidneys. If you see other physicians (such as a primary care physician, heart doctor, infectious disease specialist, etc.) make sure to communicate any medication changes or additions with the transplant team. This includes over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements.
- Never stop taking any of your medications without notifying the transplant team.
If you are experiencing side effects, discuss these with your transplant team. If you accidentally miss a dose of a medication, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time to take the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Missing even a few doses can lead to rejection.
- Always follow the most recent instructions when taking your medications.
Your transplant team will make frequent changes to your medication instructions. It is important to keep your medication calendar up-to-date and to understand that the instructions on your medication bottles may not always be the most recent instructions. Taking the incorrect dosages can result in serious adverse consequences.
- Notify the transplant team if you notice a difference in your anti-rejection pills.
It is OK to take the generic form of most medications. However if you notice a change in the color, shape, or form of any of your anti-rejection medications, please confirm with your pharmacy that is the correct drug, or notify your transplant team.
To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.