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Antirejection (Immunosuppressant) Medications

For your child's body to accept a new kidney, the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program team at Cincinnati Children's will prescribe a combination of immunosuppressant medications.

THESE WILL BE TAKEN EVERY DAY FOR AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD HAS A WORKING KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP YOU CAN TAKE TO PREVENT REJECTION.

Because these immunosuppressant medications have serious side effects, your doctor will adjust the dosages to protect against rejection without undue risk of complications. The most commonly used immunosuppressants include:

Your child will probably take a combination of three of these drugs.

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Prednisone, Prednisolone

Tacrolimus (Prograf)

Cyclosporine (Neoral)

Mycophenolate Mofetil (CellCept)

Imuran (Azathioprine)

Rapamune (Rapamycin, Sirolimus)


Last Updated: 09/2013