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Medication

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.

Understanding your medications

Taking your transplant medications as prescribed is extremely important.  You and your caregivers will have a lot of information to learn. To help you navigate this, we’ve developed a website dedicated to providing information you need about your post-transplant medication. You can use this tool from any mobile device to look up medication information and share with those involved in your care.


What medications are covered by BC Transplant?

Note: BC Transplant will cover medications for patients who are a recipient of a solid organ transplant, have valid BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) covergage, and who are registered with 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 Coverage page for more details.

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.

Image of drug interactions card with space for clinic phone number and patient PHN

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

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