How it works

Mycophenolate works to suppress the immune system. In autoimmune myasthenia, specific antibodies that block the acetylcholine receptor are produced and prevent communication between muscle and nerves cells. Mycophenolate targets the production of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are responsible for producing antibodies. A reduction in antibodies allows normal communication between muscle and nerve cells to continue, and also lets muscle cells heal, improving muscle strength.

How it is delivered

Mycophenolate is delivered orally and prescribed based on body weight. It can come in pill or syrup form. If you miss a dose of mycophenolate, take it as soon as you can, but never at the same time you are due your next dose.

When you have it

Mycophenolate is generally prescribed to be taken daily at regular intervals.

Side effects

Common: constipation, nausea, vomiting, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, pain (especially in the back, muscles, or joints), headache, prickling, tingling, or burning feeling on the skin, tremor, swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs. If these symptoms persist, contact your doctor.

Adverse: sudden severe stomach pain, diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, chest pain, rash, itching, dizziness, fainting, pale skin, lack of energy, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, unusual bleeding or bruising, vomiting, or spitting up blood, blood in urine, bloody or black tarry stools, fever, muscle, or joint stiffness or pain. If any of these symptoms occur, contact your doctor immediately.

Known UK suppliers

AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Accord Healthcare Ltd, CST Pharma Ltd, DE Pharmaceuticals, Medihealth (Northern) Ltd, Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd, Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc, Tillomed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

FAQ (what else do I need to know?)

Mycophenolate can cause birth defects and as such must not be taken by women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. Men taking mycophenolate should use acceptable birth control during treatment and for at least 90 days after their last dose.

Immunosuppressant agents may increase the risk of infection, and it is important to notify your doctor if you develop persistent signs of infection.

Report any side effect you have to the Medicines Health and Regulatory Authority (MHRA) as part of their Yellow Card Scheme.

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