CellCept vs. Myfortic

Are CellCept and Myfortic the Same Thing?

CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and Myfortic (mycophenolic acid) are immunosuppressive agents used to prevent the body from rejecting a kidney transplant. CellCept and Myfortic are usually given with cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and a steroid medication.

Side effects of CellCept and Myfortic that are similar include constipation, nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain or upset, gas, trouble sleeping (insomnia), swelling in your hands or feet, and anxiety.

Side effects of CellCept that are different from Myfortic include loss of appetite, tremor, weakness, and numbness or tingly feeling.

Side effects of Myfortic that are different from CellCept include weight gain, joint or muscle pain, back pain, and dizziness.

Both CellCept and Myfortic may interact with cholestyramine, antivirals, and other medicines that weaken the immune system.

CellCept may also interact with antibiotics.

Myfortic may also interact with colesevelam, colestipol, and azathioprine.

What Are Possible Side Effects of CellCept?

Side effects of CellCept include:

CellCept may cause side effects, including:

  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • diarrhea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach pain or upset,
  • loss of appetite,
  • gas,
  • tremor,
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia),
  • weakness,
  • swelling in your hands or feet,
  • numbness or tingly feeling, or
  • anxiety.

Tell your doctor if you experience unlikely but serious side effects of CellCept including:

  • unusual tiredness,
  • fast or irregular heartbeat,
  • muscle weakness,
  • easy bleeding or bruising,
  • swelling of the feet or ankles,
  • mental/mood changes,
  • weakness on one side of the body, or
  • unusual change in the amount of urine.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Myfortic?

Common side effects of Myfortic include:

  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • diarrhea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach upset,
  • gas,
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia),
  • weight gain,
  • joint or muscle pain,
  • back pain,
  • dizziness,
  • anxiety, or
  • swelling in your hands or feet.

Tell your doctor if you develop any signs of infection after taking Myfortic, including persistent sore throat or fever, night sweats, flu-like symptoms, painful urination, vision changes, or a sore or wound on the skin that feels warm/tender/painful and appears reddened.

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What Is CellCept?

CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressive agent used to prevent your body from rejecting a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. CellCept is usually given with cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral) and a steroid medication.

What Is Myfortic?

Myfortic (mycophenolic acid) is an immunosuppressive agent used to prevent the body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Myfortic is usually given with cyclosporine and a steroid medication.

What Drugs Interact With CellCept?

CellCept may interact with cholestyramine, antibiotics, acyclovir, ganciclovir, valacyclovir, or other medicines that weaken the immune system. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

What Drugs Interact With Myfortic?

Myfortic may interact with cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol, acyclovir, ganciclovir, or other medicines that weaken the immune system. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should CellCept be Taken?

The dose of CellCept depends on the type of transplant performed.

How Should Myfortic be Taken?

The recommended dose of Myfortic is 720 mg administered twice daily (1440 mg total daily dose) on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after food intake.

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References
Dailymed. CellCept Product Information

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=23d74606-134c-464c-8323-9cf52bb3c5fa&audience=consumer

FDA. Myfortic Product Monograph.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/050791s007lbl.pdf

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