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After your transplant, you’ll take important transplant medications called immunosuppressants (anti-rejection). These medications suppress your body’s natural defence system (immune system) to prevent it from recognizing your transplant as a foreign invader and attacking it. The result of such an attack is rejection. These medications lower your immune system to help you safely keep your organ. 

It’s essential that you take anti-rejection medications at the same time every day and 12 hours apart to avoid missing doses and to keep consistent blood levels of the medication in your body. Make sure that you understand the directions. Never change your dose unless your transplant physician, nurse or pharmacist tells you to do so.

What medications are covered by BC Transplant?

  • Azathioprine
  • Cyclosporine
  • Mycophenolate (mofetil and sodium)
  • Prednisone and prednisolone
  • Sirolimus
  • Tacrolimus

You may also be prescribed some medications for certain viral infections like hepatitis B, cytomegalovirus (CMV), or BK virus. 

Anti-viral medication covered by BC Transplant include:
  • Adefovir
  • Entecavir
  • Lamivudine
  • Leflunomide
  • Tenofovir
  • Valganciclovir

Please see the Medications Covered page for more details

Medications that aren’t covered by BC Transplant

There are also other preventative anti-infective medications that you may need to help your immune system fight certain infections. These medications are not covered by BC Transplant, but may be covered by BC Pharmacare program. Please check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Drug interactions card

BC Transplant has designed a wallet card to help remind you of potential drug interactions that could affect your transplant medications and your health.  Drug interactions can be serious so it's important you check with your healthcare professionals before starting or stopping any medications, herbal products or over-the-counter medications.

Ask your transplant clinic for this card at your next appointment. You can print off a temporary card here.

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