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Your Meds

As explained on the last page, you must take drugs to minimize organ rejection. Every heart recipient is expected to have at least 2 episodes of rejection. Hopefully, they will be mild enough that you can be treated as an outpatient by juggling meds. If your symptoms are severe acute rejection you will be hospitalized and IV drugs used. If that fails, you may need to be placed back on the waiting list for another heart.
     Noncompliance is the third most common reason for transplant failure! You must take your meds exactly as prescribed exactly on time if you want to live and live well! If you forget to take a dose and then remember that you didn't take it, call your transplant coordinator immediately. If you vomit a dose up or have diarrhea, call your transplant coordinator. Don't just decide on your own to skip a dose, change a dose, or repeat a dose - very bad idea.
     You will need regular blood tests to check your blood level of certain drugs. Those tests are explained on each individual drug page (see below). First, here are some general do's and don'ts concerning your transplant meds:



Transplant Meds and Side Effects

You will not take all these meds. You may not even hear some of them mentioned. Due to the importance of these meds to your life after transplant, I am devoting quite a bit of space to the more common drugs that can be taken orally. Click on the drug name to go to the page describing it in detail. 

Other Meds Headed Your Way

You will need some other drugs to counter the side effects of the ones listed above. Again, you may not take all of these, and you may take different ones at different times.

Material taken from manuals given to potential transplant recipients at transplant centers in the USA, and from heart transplant recipients - Updated July 20, 2005

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