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Neoral oral solution is prescribed to prevent graft rejection in patients who have received liver, skin, kidney, heart, pancreas, small intestine, lung, or bone marrow transplant. Neoral should only be prescribed by healthcare providers experienced in transplant medicine.
Neoral is a potent immunosuppressant that lowers a patient’s immune system activity to not attack the transplanted organ.
Take Neoral exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The dose may be changed based on your blood levels of cyclosporine.
Never change the pharmacy you purchase without first discussing it with your transplant team.
Never change your formulation of cyclosporine without discussing it with your transplant team.
The active ingredient in Neoral is cyclosporine.
Neoral has many possible drug-drug interactions. Tell your transplant team about all drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter, herbals, and supplements.
Common drug-drug interactions with Neoral include:
Drug-drug interactions may decrease the levels of Neoral in the body and lead to transplant rejection.
Neoral can increase the risk of serious infection.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems.
Ask your doctor for a full list of side effects that applies to you.
Common side effects of Neoral include:
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Neoral Oral Solution [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis; 2009.