Side effects of post txt drugs

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Side effects of post txt drugs

Post by alexliv »

Hi All,
My wife had a tx 2 months ago the side effects of the anti rejection drugs are quite hard.
Face swollen, hair loss, tremors, muscle pains, weight gain,depression and more.
She is taking prograf 6mg twice a day 720+360 MyFortic and 5 mg prednisone.
Does these side effects subside?
Any advice on how to help her?
She was hoping to be back to some normality and this discourages her a lot.
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Post by SKM23435 »


I was discharged from hospital on much the same combination of drugs.
I was lucky not to have all those side effects but the tremor, hair loss and feeling a bit peculiar were all there. I think in my case they were trumped by the euphoria of getting a transplant.

Looking at my weight I think it look quite a few months to get rid of all the extra fluid. The hair loss stopped after about 6 months and went back to my previous thick locks. The tremor settled as doses of tacrolimus was reduced.

From memory in my case ( we are all different) my myfortic was stopped and my tacrolimus reduced at around 12 weeks. It does help you feel more normal with lower doses.

I am now 2 1/2 years post transplant and feel great. I can on occasions forget I am a “renal patient” and have to be reminded by my family. Your wife won’t have to wait that long. I’m sure reduction in the drugs will help.
I hope this helps.
Best wishes to you both
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Post by Chris Wright »


I only know about the pred on that list.

It definitely causes a "moon face", makes you hungry and can cause depression.

The effects do wear off. Particularly once you realise that' it's only the drugs affecting your mood, you can overcome it.

Best of luck to your wife.

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Still enjoying life like a 21 year old, or younger!
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Post by sporti »


I sympathise. I had bad side effects. As they reduce this will help but the body will al so adapt but it can take a long while.
As for the hair there are products out there that can help. Also a topical steroid on prescription is very good.
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