Despite the important role medications play in helping to keep people healthy, studies show that not all transplant recipients take their medications as prescribed. This is a scary fact because stopping — even skipping a single dose — without guidance from your doctor is very dangerous.
Even years after transplant surgery, missing medication doses, changing the level of medication in your body, failing to keep scheduled medical appointments, and not completing regular lab tests can put you at risk for organ rejection and organ loss.
As always, stay on track with your treatment plan and discuss any concerns you may have with your transplant team. Remember, by taking your medications consistently and following up with your physician routinely, you are assuming the most important job after your transplant.
Immunosuppressant medications come in various forms, both brand and generic prescription drugs.
In many states, pharmacists are allowed to substitute a generic version without alerting you or your doctor if your doctor has not specified that that the brand-name drug is required.
Whether you take a generic or branded treatment, check your prescription before you leave the pharmacy to determine if your doctor has made any changes in your dosage or the way that you take your medications. If you have any questions, discuss with your pharmacist or doctor. It's important that you take the same anti-rejection medication every time, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
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