Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressant used with other medicines to prevent transplant rejection.
Take tacrolimus regularly as directed. You can take tacrolimus with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with tacrolimus including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort, echinacea) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Dizziness, pale skin
Hearing loss, ringing in the ears
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
Swollen feet or legs, short of breath
Increased blood pressure
|Tell your doctor|
Headache, trouble sleeping
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains, tremor, tingling or numbness
Acne, hair loss or thinning
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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