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Tacrolimus Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

All forms:

• The risk of cancer is higher after using this medicine.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

Oral and injection:

• Talk with healthcare provider before receiving any vaccinations. Use with this medicine may either increase the risk of serious infection or make the vaccination less effective.

• If you have high blood pressure, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers that you use this medicine.

• Do not take antacids, cholestyramine, or colestipol within 2 hours of this medicine.

• Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

Skin:

• Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area unless told to do so by healthcare provider.

• If you are receiving any form of light therapy, talk with healthcare provider.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

Oral and injection:

• High blood pressure.

• Worsening kidney function.

• Risk of infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.

• Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.

• Headache.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

• Inability to sleep.

• Sunburn.

Skin:

• Flu-like symptoms. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating. Mild pain medicine may help.

• Headache.

• Cough.

• Skin irritation.

• Skin infection.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.

• Severe headache.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• Increased trips to the bathroom, increased thirst, or weight loss.

• Unable to pass urine.

• Severe skin irritation.

• Severe swelling.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

 
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