After your transplant, you’ll need to take important transplant medications called immunosuppressants (anti-rejection medications). These medications prevent your body’s immune system from recognizing your transplant as a foreign organ. Without these medications, your immune system may reject your transplant.
To stay healthy, follow the instructions given by your transplant clinic and take your medications as prescribed by the team. 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.
- Mycophenolate (mofetil and sodium)
- Prednisone and prednisolone
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:
BC Transplant will fund a 100-day supply (3 months) of transplant medications. This is similar to the guidelines with BC Pharmacare and many third party health insurance companies. You may request to get up to a 4-month supply if you’ve had your transplant for a long time and your medications are not changing. Please contact your transplant clinic nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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.
- Candida (thrush): Nystatin, Fluconazole
- Aspergillus: Voriconazole, Amphotericin B
- PCP pneumonia: Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (Septra/Bactrim, Sulfatrim), Dapsone
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.