Before discharge from the hospital
Before discharge from the hospital a transplant pharmacist will discuss your medication regimen and provide you with:
- a medication calendar
- a supply of your anti-rejection medications
- a prescription for the rest of your medications
Your transplant medications will be refilled at the transplant clinic or a designated BC Transplant partner pharmacy (See List of Pharmacies in BC
Please monitor your home supply of anti-rejection medications and give the Transplant Pharmacy at least one week advance notice when re-ordering your anti-rejection medications. For special arrangements please notify the pharmacy two to three weeks in advance. BC Transplant does not cover postage/courier charges.
Register with Fair Pharmacare to take advantage of government coverage. To apply visit: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/fpcreg.html
. To check if you have coverage call (604) 683-7151 (from Vancouver) or 1-800-663-7100 (toll-free anywhere else in B.C.)
For patients who receive a kidney transplant, your medication coverage with Provincial Renal Agency (PRA) will be terminated.
Take all and especially your anti-rejection medications at the same time every day to avoid missing doses and to keep consistent blood levels of the medication in your body.
Always check with your transplant pharmacist before starting any new prescription and non-prescription medications as well as supplements such as naturopathic or homeopathic products as well as vitamins and supplements.
If you miss a dose take your medication as soon as you remember and then take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. If you are more than half way to your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not double or take extra doses. If you missed more than 1 day of anti-rejection medications contact your transplant team immediately for further instructions.
Store your medications in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Do not store them in the bathroom or kitchen because moisture and heat may interfere with the effectiveness of some medications. Do not refrigerate your medications unless instructed to do so by your pharmacist. Keep medications in a safe place out of reach of children and pets.
Depending on your medical history you may be asked by your transplant team not to drink alcohol. If you have been advised that you may drink in moderation, keep in mind that Health Canada recommends no more than 7 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks on a single occasion and 9 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks on a single occasion (one shot, one beer, or 5 ounces of wine.)
Before planning a pregnancy talk with your transplant physician. Use a safe method of contraception to avoid unplanned pregnancies.
For more information about medications please contact your transplant clinic.