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Rapamycin Used in Kidney Transplant

2013-03-19 11:29

Rapamycin in Kidney TransplantRapamycin is a common medicine in kidney transplant with immunosuppressive agents. It was identified three decades ago on the basis of its antifungal property. Rapamycin plays an important role in the field of kidney transplant, so it is necessary for kidney failure patients wo are looking into kidney transplant to learn about its basic information in advance.

Rapamycin help to deal with rejection in kidney transplant

Kidney transplant is a medical procedure in which a healthy kidney is put into patient’s body to replace the failed kidney to work. Kidney transplant is the last option for people with completely failed kidney, but it is not a perfect treatment method, because it is risky.

Kidney rejection is the leading risk of kidney transplant and in serious cases which can deprive patient’s life directly. Fortunately, if the kidney rejection is mild, some immunosuppressive medicines like rapamycin will be prescribed to deal with it. Generally, patients need to take these medicines for the rest of their life.

Side effects of rapamycin

In kidney transplant, rapamycin works by restraining our immune system and immunity, so many side effects will appear if patients take it a long time. Common side effects of rapamycin include:

1. Headache and dizziness

2. Nausea

3. Nasal bleeding

4. Joint pain

5. High blood sugar

6. High cholesterol

7. Swollen eyelid

8. Low potassium

9. Hypomagnesemia

Rapamycin is helpful in kidney transplant, but because of its side effects, patients need to use ti casually. If these side effects occur, please go to your doctor directly for management.

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