Cyclosporine Immune Suppression

Cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®) is a medication prescribed to prevent transplant rejection in people who have had a heart, kidney, or liver transplant. It is also used to treat severe psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis after other medications have failed.
Although cyclosporine can be an effective treatment for many people, there are some complications to be aware of with this medicine. For example, cyclosporine can cause immune suppression. This means that the drug weakens (suppresses) your immune system, which increases your risk for getting an infection.
Immune suppression can also increase the amount of time it takes for your body to recover from an infection. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop signs of an infection, such as:
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Chills.
(For more information on how this drug can cause immune suppression and other potentially serious complications, click Precautions and Warnings With Cyclosporine. A list of who should not take this drug is also provided.)
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