Hi everyone. I'm wondering how everyone else take their medicines such as tacrolimus or cyclosporine..siroliumus etc? Do you take yours with an empty stomach or with food? I take 2mg tacrolimus and it has to be on an empty stomach 3 hrs before taking it and 1 hr after. Then, I can eat again. Just curious to how others do it at their transplant centers. And, whats your creatinine level? Thank you!!
How do you take your immunosuppressive m... - Kidney Transplant
I take on empty stomach. My transplant was done on 6/2/2020 and current creatinine level is 1.03! Very successful surgery!
I take Sirolimus with food and tacrolimus without food. Sometimes I do eat when I shouldn’t with tacrolimus but it is better still than not taking it. Never missed a day.
I take my meds at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. I take them on an empty stomach and follow with breakfast usually 30. Minutes later.
Mycophenalate 750 mg (3 capsules)
Tacrolimas 1 mg
Carvedilol 12.5 (blood pressure)
Levothyroxin 25 mg (thyroid medication)
Vitamin D3 ( am only once a week)
Magnesium 241.3 mg ( am only)
Famotidine 20 mg ( am only)
The only difference in the 8:00 pm medications is I take
Tacrolimus 1.5 mg
After a year and a half post transplant my creatinine is. .8
Dara3351, Can you share how much vitamin D3 IU you are taking (once a week) & what was your test reading prior to taking Vitamin D3. (my current level is 24 ng/dl and how long...Thanks.
My Vitamin D3 is a prescription 50,000 percent units once a week.
Usually without food. I take 5mg of prednisone every other day and cellcept 250mg at night after dinner. My creatine usually runs at 1.0 until lately went up to 1.7 and am having labs again this Wednesday to test again. Something is up.
I hope nothing is wrong and it's just one of off days! you don't take any other immuno like tacro or cyclosporine?
I had my transplant in dec 2018 I live in the u.k I was never told to take any of my tablets on a empty stomach I take all of them after breakfast which is around 8.30 am and the same for night time dose .I take tacrolimos. Mycophenolate. Prednisone. Lansoprozole. Metformin 7 tablets in all and I've always been ok .
oh okay. Thank you. I'm in California and from my transplant center, its mandatory pretty much but only for tacrolimus I think. They said it interacts with the food and lowers its potency.
No never been told that when I go for bloods I'm told nor to take tacrolimos until after bloods done because they get a false reading if I take it
The reason most of us were told to take tacrolimus without food is because food can interfere with metabolism of the drug hence lowering AUC of it (the total amount of drug your body utilizes within 24 hours). If you are doing OK taking it with food this long, then it is OK. Everyone is different.
On the other hand, not taking the drug before blood draw is because they need to monitor the trough level (the lowest concentration reached by a drug before the next dose is taken) to make sure the dose proscribe for you is sufficient.
Yes that's correct & yes I'm doing fine how I'm taking my medication and yes everyone is different of course . Things are probably different in the u.k also .
Hi. I’m from California. I had my transplant in 2015. I was told to take my meds at 8 -8. I have always taken with food. I was told to either take with OR without food. I chose with food. I do not alternate. It is always with food.
Hi, me too...
Nearly 3 years post transplant.
I always take my meds after food....
On 6mg of tacro twice a day and have regular tests so its clearly working ok.
I do have a sensitive stomach so think it's right for me.
Interesting thread thanks for the comments guys..
Yes I have a sensitive tummy to and if I take tacrolimos on a empty tummy I'm on the toilet for the rest of the day I take 3mg twice daily
I always take my Adoport (Tacro) on an empty stomach. I was on 3.5mg but it has recently been lowered to 3mg to help me fight the BK virus. An hour after that I have something to eat then it take my prednisone. My last creatinine was 2.09 but I have just had more bloods to recheck the levels
Oh yes! Thats what I do. Best wishes fighting against the BK virus. I remember always getting tested for those.
My doc said it doesn't matter empty or not but stick to same regime.
I take mine with breakfast and dinner. Docs said food helps keep the stomach upset down. Down to 2 mg tacro and 500 mg CellCept twice a day. Most important is to find a schedule/process that works for you so you don't miss doses.
My transplant nephrologist said that consistency when taking my immunosuppressive meds is important. For my body, I discovered taking the meds on an empty stomach gave me lots of nausea. So I eat breakfast about an hour before my 9am meds. No nausea that way. With kidney transplant joy and thankfulness, Margo
I had my transplant in 1999, so it's been over 20 years! I had a lot of GI problems the first couple of years so the transplant team had me take them with food. I take 360 mg Myfortic and 75 mg of Neoral. Did take prednisone till year 5. My creatinine is a steady 0.8-0.9.
My team had told me that the most important thing is to take them and about 12 hours apart to be effective. So, to this day I still take my morning dose with breakfast and take evening dose with a snack.
Awesome!! You never had any problems with your creatinine going up?? Rejection episode? My baseline has been 1.5ish for 5-6 years now. Doc says as long as it doesn't go over 2 and stays like this..forever! 😆
The first 2 years I had 2 kidney biopsies due to creatinine at 1.5 and then 1.8. But no rejection and settled down to where it is right now 0.8 - 0.9. With time, if your transplant team agrees, you could take all your meds at the same time with food. Or take the one when you get up and the rest when you sit down to breakfast. There are a lot of ways you can work it out.
Different transplant centers seem to use different combinations of immunosuppressants. I don't take tacro, but I do take Myfortic (name brand mycophenolate) and Neoral (name brand cyclosporine).
Yes I'm wondering the mechanics behind the different immunosuppressants. As a kid, I've tried all sorts of immuno- cyclo, neoral, sirolimus..until they settled me with tacrolimus+cellcept. They did wean me off of prednisone back then. Also, didn't matter if I took it with or without food just time specific. For my 2nd transplant, I started off with tacro - pred and cellcept (pregnancy reasons got off of this one). They particularly stress empty stomach and doesn't matter what time I take the meds. Truly, everywhere is different. I'm going to ask about taking diff meds but I don't have any side effects with my current regime..
My immunosuppressants are Name Brand. Even generic are suppose to be the same, there is usually a little something different in them. At least that's what a pharmacist told me. My mail order pharmacy a couple of years ago, decided to send me generic instead of name brand. After about 10 days of mycophenolate, I had diarrhea. Talked to my pharmacist and nephrologist about it. From now on my nephrologist specifies Name Brand ONLY... and all is well!
Hello, I am curious - did you take Myfortic on day 1, as I am taking Mycophenolate at times I have had discussions to switch over to Myfortic as it is less toxic to the stomach.... any information will be appreciated...Thanks.
Actually I was in the study where Myfortic was being tested when I had my transplant. It was a double-blind study so did not find out what I was on at first. I found out later I was taking Mycophenolate and had horrible diarrhea the whole time. After 6 months I was put on the Study drug, which became when released by the FDA as Myfortic. Pharmacists have told me that generics sometimes are just a little bit different from name brand....sometimes the coloring in the tab, etc.
Every time the doctors' would switch me back to Mycophenolate, after about 10 days the diarrhea would come back. So early on when renewing my RX they would specify name brand only. So, to this day I take name brand only Myfortic and Neoral.
Talk to your doctor about switching to name brand. See if it makes a difference for you. You usually have to be taking the name brand about 1-2 weeks before you notice any difference.
Thanks, valuable input, last Q, how long have you been on it....Stay Safe !
I have been on name brand since the 6 month mark, except briefly when my insurance tried to give me generic. So, it's been over 20 years.
Name brand vs generic made a big difference for me.
You too, stay Safe!
Thanks Much, valuable input... eliminates my "mistrust the obvious phenomena" (my Xplant was out of state great team in CA ..and now local doctors ..who are in slightly different world ).some times I can't help but ask...Stay Safe.
My transplant was at U of WI, back when we were still living in Wisconsin. Now live in Wyoming, where there is NO transplant center. Thought I would have to go to U of CO for transplant care....but have a great team of nephrologists here in Casper. Who would have thought?#$@
Sometimes we all need to get a bit lucky, (I could never believe my wife's kidney was a match.. She is not related to me at all genetically speaking !) Take's me back in time when I was 24 yrs an elderly gentleman a friend of mine alway told be "stay lucky" and never said have a nice day... but now after the transplant I appreciate that more.
Regards & Stay Safe.
That seems the rule of thumb now tarolimus extended release . I set my alarm to seven take the tac.... then at eight I take the rest of my prescriptions while I eat breakfast. Repeat at 8 PM . Hope that helps.
My transplant center recommended that I eat before taking Tacro/Myco, 8am/8pm. Transplant done on 7/20... Creatinine 1.01, so far so Good !
I’m in the uk, never been told to take tacrolimus on an empty stomach, I take mine then have breakfast more or less straight away, at night I take them 2-3 hours after my main meal, but will normally of nibbled something after!
I take tacro and mycophenolate at 8am, then take food 1 hour later, this way more drug is absorbed into the body.
I’m 11 years post. I take my meds 12 hours apart. Definitely not to the exact minute. My creatinine runs from 1.4 to 1.7
I was instructed to take within an hour of eating to prevent stomach issues.
I take mine immediately after breakfast and dinner otherwise I get stomach issues.
I take Gengraf, 75 mg. in the morning and 50 mg. at night, Mycophenolate 500 and Mycophenolate 250 morning and at night, and Prednisone 5 mg. every day. I take them with food at 9 AM and PM. I am lucky and grateful to have a kidney from a deceased donor for 26 years. I take generics and insist on the same brands every time.
I have to take mine with food in my stomach. I had such stomach pains when trying to take it on an empty stomach. I also take Nexium to keep my stomach from getting upset or painful. My creatinine level is 1.1 to 1.2.
Hi, yes I had bad stomachache too and had to take famotidine until my dad told me an article on how taking stomach meds will actually make it worse and the body becomes dependent on them- making less acid in our stomachs. Since then, i stopped taking famotidine(pepcid) which made my stomach stronger. I no longer have pains on taking meds on empty stomachs. long happy kidney!