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Precautions to keep in mind

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. Your doctor will want to do laboratory tests to make sure that mycophenolate is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you are a woman who can get pregnant, your doctor may give you a pregnancy test before you start using this medicine to make sure you are not pregnant. To keep from getting pregnant, use two forms of birth control such as condoms, a diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly while you are using this medicine and for 6 weeks after your treatment ends. Birth control pills may not work while you are using this medicine. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

While you are taking mycophenolate, it is important to maintain good dental hygiene and see a dentist regularly for teeth cleaning.

Treatment with mycophenolate may increase the chance of getting other infections. If you can, avoid contact with people with colds or other infections. The effects of mycophenolate may cause increased infections and delayed healing. Dental work, whenever possible, should be completed prior to beginning this medicine. If you think you are getting a cold or other infection, check with your doctor.

While you are being treated with mycophenolate, and after you stop treatment with it, do not have any immunizations (vaccinations) without your doctor's approval. Mycophenolate may lower your body's resistance and there is a chance you might get the infection the immunization is meant to prevent. In addition, other persons living in your household should not take oral polio vaccine since there is a chance they could pass the polio virus on to you. Also, avoid persons who have taken oral polio vaccine within the last several months. Do not get close to them, and do not stay in the same room with them for very long. If you cannot take these precautions, you should consider wearing a protective face mask that covers the nose and mouth.

Using this medicine may increase your risk of getting skin cancer or cancer of the lymph system. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this risk.

Use a strong sunscreen on your skin when you are outdoors. You may also wear a hat and cover your skin with clothing. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

It is important that you handle mycophenolate with care. If the medicine gets on your skin, wash thoroughly with soap and water, and if it gets in your eyes, rinse with water. Should a spill occur, wipe it up using paper towels wetted with water to remove the powder or liquid.

The oral suspension expires and should be discarded at 60 days.