Because the immune system is weakened by the anti-rejection medications, the body's ability to fight off infections is also compromised. This is especially true in the first few months following transplant, when the doses of immunosuppressants are the highest.

During this time, the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program team at Cincinnati Children's will prescribe some or all of the following medications for you to take to protect against infection:

  • Trimethoprim / sulfa (antibiotic to prevent and treat bacterial infections)
  • Ganciclovir (antiviral)
  • Nystatin (anti-fungal)