Cellcept is the brand name of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), which is an immunosuppressant. It is often used in kidney transplant patients and recently cellcept is proved to be effective for Nephrotic Syndrome children. The following items explain what cellcept is, how to use it in nephropathy syndrome children, and what side effects or problems it may bring to your child.
What is cellcept?
For kidney transplant patient, it works by lowering our immune system. After transplant, our immune system will treat the new organ as an invader, so lowering the immune ability is to prevent rejection.
For children with nephrotic syndrome: Your doctor may recommend this treatment if your child’s nephrotic syndrome doesn’t get better with steroid treatment or keeps relapsing.
Cellcept comes in a capsule, tablet, or liquid form.
How to use it in nephrotic syndrome children?
1. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if your child has an allergic reaction to mycophenolate or food preservatives and dyes.
2. Stop medicine if your child has gastrointestinal disease or gets infections, because cellcept may increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach and it has lowered the immunity against infections. However, you should let your doctor know before you make any change.
3. Make sure that your child is receiving the correct amount. Your child’s doctor or nurse will measure how much protein is in his or her urine, measure how well kidneys are working and test their blood to make sure the dose is correct. The dose will be shown on the medicine label. If you are still not sure about that, you can ask our experts online for help.
4. Food affects how the body absorbs mycophenolate. To keep the blood levels of mycophenolate the same, your child should always take mycophenolate either with food or always without food.
What are the side effects of cellcept?
Like steroids, long-term taking of cellcept can cause side effects, including constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, and headache. If your child gets flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever (temperature above 38°C) and chills or unusual bruises or bleeding, contact your doctor or take your child to hospital straight away, as there may be a problem with your child’s blood.
To sum up, cellcept for children with nephrotic syndrome has both benefits and side-effects. It is very necessary for you to follow your child’s doctor’s advice, or you can leave a message below. We will help you with every effort.