What are the Side Effects of Cellcept in Minimal Change Disease?2013-12-02 15:33
Cellcept, which is also called Mycophenolate Mofetil, was used originally in the management of patients with organ transplants, but it is recommended to treat some autoimmune diseases now. Therefore, it is commonly used by patients with minimal change disease (MCD). Although it can suppress the abnormal immune system activity and control the disease, it may also have some side effects.
Then, what are the side effects of cellcept in Minimal Change Disease?
Because cellcept has the function of suppressing immune system, and when people get a poor immunity, they are more likely to get infections. Therefore, if patients with MCD take cellcept, they will increase the risk of getting infections. The common signs of infection include fever, tiredness, headache and redness of skin. If you have the sighs mentioned above, you need to talk with your doctor immediately.
Besides, as western medicine has side-effects when people take them. And cellcept is also not an exception, patients who take cellcept may have the side-effects include nausea, upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea. They may also have some other possible side-effects such as headache, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, tremor and rash. These symptoms will gradually disappear with time, and you need to tell your doctor if these discomforts remain for a long time.
There are also some less common but more serious side-effects. Patients with CKD who take cellcept may have side-effects in blood. The white blood cells will decrease which will increase the chances of infections, and the red blood cells will also reduce which may cause anemia. Besides, taking cellcept may also reduce the platelets that aid clotting which may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. Therefore, patients should have regular blood tests in order to preventing these side-effects.
From the above, we know the common side-effects of cellcept in patients with MCD. Although cellcept can remit the symptoms of patients with MCD, but it cannot treat the kidney disease fundamentally. If people want to treat minimal change disease effectively, they need to try some other treatments which can improve their kidney function and repair the kidney damage.
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