After 4 successful years on prograf due to a kidney transplant, am I doomed if I have to make the switch to generic tacrolimus? I have been told by my transplant team the generic has not been sufficiently tested, and do not switch! What's the deal??
Well, this isn't much of an answer, but I am switching to generic today--just took my first dose. I adore Prograf, have for 6 years, but since I just rejected my liver and we'll have to monitor it so close, it's a fine time to try the generic on for size. I don't really wanna switch, but it might be a fine change. My father reminded me that it's the same chemicals, just marketed by different people as he reassured me about new side effects. I guess I'll have more to report to the my transplant brothers and sisters in the coming weeks. (Ps--take care of that kidney!)
I was forced to change over to the generic for prograf because my insurance does not pay for the name band. I am 5 1/2 years post liver transplant. I change over to the generic brand the 1st of January. Since March I have had elevated liver fuctions. My doctor did a biopsy last week and I have a liver rejection. I am now on the brand name prograf with higher doses to get the rejection in control. I had my blood drawn almost weekly. Thank goodness my Dr was following me closely. I think there has not been enough testing on the generic to be perscribing it to patients. Now I am going through the side effects of being on high doses of prograf.
I had a liver transplant three and a half years ago, I have been taking this generic for over a year and praise God I have not had any problems with it at all. I am monitored closely, monthly blood draws by Mayo Clinic. I am one of the lucky ones. I waited over two years for my new liver, after being very sick for over five years.
Hey guys & gals. I received my liver transplant back in 1990 for PSC. Back then prograf was called FK506. It was experimental at the time. When the generic was available, I was switched. I get my blood work done ever 2 months and I have not noticed any difference. However, it would be wise to become educated concerning your blood work and your trends.
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