Organ transplantation is amazing. However, our bodies don't easily accept transplant organs, and the following medications are needed to help prevent against rejection of your transplant and ease treatment side effects:
Your immune system is your body's defense against foreign invaders like bacteria or viruses. Unfortunately, your immune system cannot tell the difference between a harmful invader and your transplant organ and will try to reject it.
Organ rejection is dangerous because it can permanently damage your new organ. That is why your transplant team has prescribed anti-rejection medications as part of your long-term therapy.
Anti-rejection medications (also called immunosuppressants) help to prevent your body from rejecting your organ transplant by slowing down your immune system. There are a variety of anti-rejection medications available after an organ transplant, and each works in a different way to suppress the body's immune response.
Your transplant team will determine which combination of medications is right for you and may alter your medication regimen.
The important thing is making sure that your doctor knows exactly what you're taking and to always check your anti-rejection medication to ensure it's the one your doctor has prescribed.
Did you know that anti-rejection drugs that aim to prevent rejection of your transplant organ can increase your risk for infection? Some may also cause stomach problems or other side effects. Ask your doctor if taking anti-infective and/or anti-ulcer medications may help you.