After your transplant surgery, you will be taking medicine daily. You must take all your medicine correctly and on-time.

Here are some questions you should ask your transplant nurse about your medicine:

  • What medications will I take after transplant?
  • What does each medicine do?
  • How and when will I take them?
  • Are there any special instructions for these medications?
  • Is there anything I should avoid while I'm taking these medications?
  • Is there any written information available for me to read?
  • What if I miss a dose?
  • What are common side effects?
  • When should I call in about side effects or problems?
  • Are there alternative medications to choose from?
  • How long will I need to take these medications?
  • Are there any programs for obtaining medications at no charge or at a discount?

You should always know what all your medicines look like, and what they are for. If you don’t understand something about your medicine, it’s okay to ask. Never change your dose, skip a dose or stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

The transplant team will give you directions and information about your medicine. Always follow all the directions you are given, and also store your medicine as it says to on the bottle. Because you may have an interaction, never take any medicine that is not approved by your transplant physician.

If you have any unusual side effects, tell your transplant team immediately