Top 9 Medication Tips for Patients who have had a Transplant
1. Take all the medicines prescribed by your transplant doctor at the dose they asked you to.
Without taking them your transplant will not last.
2. Keep an up-to-date list of your current medicines. Bring this list to all hospital and clinic
visits along with your medication box.
3. Do not take ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen. Talk with your doctor about taking more
than 81 mg of aspirin a day. These are what doctors call non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs. These can harm your kidney when taking other transplant medications.
4. Store all of your medicines in a bedside stand or pantry. They cannot be near ovens,
stovetops, dishwashers, or showers. Keep all medicine out of sight and reach of children
5. If you miss a dose of your medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If it is a medicine
you take twice per day, and if you are more than 6 hours late, skip the missed dose and take
your medicine at your usual time. If you or your local doctor feels that you need a new
medicine check with your transplant coordinator first.
6. Be careful not to run out of medicine. Refill your prescriptions before they are too low.
Make sure you have enough between clinic visits and over weekends, holidays, or vacation.
7. When you pick up a medicine from the pharmacy, make sure the name and dose match
what the doctor or transplant coordinator told you. If a refill medicine looks different, be
sure to tell your pharmacist.
8. If you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant, contact your doctor right away.
9. Your doctor will want to carefully check the way your body responds to your medicine. Be
sure to keep all your appointments for check-ups and blood tests.
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