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Organ Transplants: Anti-Rejection Medicines

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How are anti-rejection medicines used for an organ transplant?

People who've had an organ transplant need anti-rejection medicines. That's because the immune system will try to destroy the new organ. These medicines weaken your immune system and make it harder for your body to destroy your new organ. But they also make it harder for your body to fight infections, cancer, and other diseases.

Types of anti-rejection medicine you may need to take include:

  • Corticosteroids.
  • Calcineurin inhibitors.
  • Antiproliferative agents.
  • Monoclonal antibodies.
  • Polyclonal antibodies.

These medicines are also called immunosuppressants.

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Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

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