What is mycophenolate?
Mycophenolate is an oral immunosuppressant that is used to treat several forms of vasculitis. It is not a typical first-line drug, but is sometimes used in long-term management.
How does mycophenolate work?
Mycophenolate interferes with the replication of immune cells.
How is mycophenolate given?
Mycophenolate is available in two forms: mycophenolic acid (Myfortic®) and mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept®). Both are oral drugs taken twice daily.
Mycophenolate can cause nausea, diarrhea, and low blood counts.
All immunosuppressants require regular monitoring in the form of blood tests, in-person assessments, and vigilance for signs of infection.