The medicines that are important to preventing rejection may come with some unwanted side effects. Your healthcare provider can help manage side effects by adjusting your dose, changing your medicine, or suggesting other treatment. If you experience side effects, contact your healthcare provider right away. Only your healthcare provider can determine the best way to help reduce or avoid certain side effects.
Some possible side effects include:
Changes in appearance
High blood pressure
In addition to the stress of a transplant, some of your medicines can also affect your emotions. Talk to your healthcare provider or transplant team if you experience mood changes or feel overwhelmed. They can give you information about counseling services, support groups, or resources that can help. Your healthcare provider may also provide other treatment to lessen symptoms.
Because anti-rejection medicines slow down your body's immune system, transplant recipients have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Some people have added risk factors such as:
Here are some tips for keeping your skin protected:
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is important for everyone. It's especially important for someone who has had a transplant. That's because oral problems can lead to oral infections, which can release bacteria into your bloodstream.
To reduce your risk of mouth infection, your transplant team may ask you to:
When visiting your dentist, it's important to tell them which medicines you're currently taking, including your anti-rejection medicines.
Before having any dental work done, including teeth cleaning, your healthcare provider may tell you to take an antibiotic to help prevent infection. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider to decide if an antibiotic is needed. If so, your transplant team can provide you with a letter letting your dentist know that you'll need a prescription for an antibiotic, and which antibiotic is recommended.
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