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(ta KROE li mus)
U.S. Brand Names
Canadian Brand Names
Advagraf™; Prograf®; Protopic®
Mexican Brand Names
Limustin; Proalid; Prograf; Protopic
Calcineurin Inhibitor; Immunosuppressant Agent; Topical Skin Product
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• Long-term use may increase risk of cancer and serious infections.
• Protopic®: Please read the medication guide.
• Protopic®: Do not give to a child <2 years old.
• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
Reasons not to take this medicine
• Protopic®: Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years of age.
• If you have an allergy to tacrolimus or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you are breast-feeding.
How does it work?
• Tacrolimus helps the body accept a transplanted organ.
• It decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.
How is it best taken?
• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.
• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
• Wash hands before and after use. Do not wash hands after use if applying to the hand area.
• Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.
• Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after applying.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Protect capsules from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2005-04-07 17:20:35.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:30:09.0
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