Mycophenolic acid - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Mycophenolic acid is used on its own or together with other medicines to prevent the rejection of organ after a transplant.

This medicine may also be used to treat certain immune system disorders such as lupus.

Mycophenolic acid may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Mycophenolic acid exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
This medicine is available as capsule, tablet or suspension.

If you are taking the delayed-release type of tablet, swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

If you are taking an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.

There is a specific dosage recommendation for each formulation and brand of this medicine. Different preparation of this medicine cannot be substituted for each other. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before switching.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your condition.

Mycophenolic acid must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take Mycophenolic acid if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking Mycophenolic acid.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • stomach ulcers
  • kidney disease
  • hereditary deficiency of certain enzyme such as hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT)
Do not receive any vaccinations without first asking your doctor.

This medicine may cause sensitivity to light. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors and avoid direct or prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • You may need to have routine tests (e.g. blood test, liver or kidney function test) before and during treatment. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • You may need to regularly monitor for any signs of infections.
  • Pregnancy tests may be done prior to initiation and during the medication.
What side effects could I experience?
Mycophenolic acid may cause any of the following side effects: headache, diarrhoea, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, tiredness, cough, difficulty sleeping, increased in blood pressure, back pain, muscle pain and joint pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • signs of infection e.g. fever, chills, sweating, sore throat, mouth sore
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • skin growth, lesion or bump, swelling of the lymph node, change in the size or color of mole
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for viral infection e.g. aciclovir, ganciclovir
  • stomach medicines e.g. aluminum and magnesium-containing antacids
  • other medicines for organ transplant rejection or certain immune system disorders e.g. tacrolimus, azathioprine
  • cholesterol-lowering medicine e.g. colestyramine 
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Mycophenolic acid.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on mycophenolic acid - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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