If an organ is damaged or failing, an organ transplant may be necessary. Organ transplant occurs when an organ from one body is moved to another. Many types of organs can be transplanted, including the kidney, liver, heart and lung. Bone marrow can also be transplanted to help patients in need of healthy bone marrow stem cells.
Transplantation is not a cure. It’s a treatment that requires a lifetime of taking medication to keep the new organ healthy and to keep the body from rejecting the organ as a “foreign invader”. The immune system is a very highly specialized system designed to protect the body from “foreign invaders” (usually bacteria, viruses, etc.).
Many diseases can lead to organ failure, including heart disease, diabetes, hepatitis, cystic fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Injury and birth defects may also cause organ failure.
If you’ve had or will be receiving a transplant, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not skip any medication.
After an organ transplant, a patient needs to take immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) drugs which help prevent immune systems from attacking (“rejecting”) the donor organ. Typically, they must be taken long term.
- American Society of Transplantation
- National Foundation for Transplants
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
MEDICATIONS DISPENSED THROUGH FOSRX/FAST
- ASTAGRAF XL
- Cyclosporine (GENRGRAF, NEORAL, SANDIMMUNE)
- Mycophenolate mofetil (CELLCEPT)
- Mycophenolate sodium (MYFORTIC)
- Sirolimus (RAPAMUNE)
- Tacrolimus (PROGRAF)
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- 05 Apr 2016
- FOSRX/FAST Services