Drug interactions between Prograf and Rapamune
Interactions between your drugs
- Prograf is in the drug class calcineurin inhibitors.
- Prograf is used to treat the following conditions:
- Rapamune is a member of the following drug classes: mTOR inhibitors, selective immunosuppressants.
- Rapamune is used to treat the following conditions:
Drug and food interactions
Applies to: Prograf (tacrolimus)
Tacrolimus should be taken on a consistent schedule before or after you eat at the same times each day. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the amount of tacrolimus in your body. This can lead to potentially dangerous side effects and should be avoided. If you are already consuming grapefruit products, do not increase or decrease the amount of these products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
Applies to: Rapamune (sirolimus)
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with sirolimus and could lead to potentially dangerous effects. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while you are taking sirolimus. Also, you should preferably take sirolimus at least one hour before eating. If you do take it with food, you should take it each time with food to avoid changes in sirolimus levels. The oral liquid form of sirolimus must be mixed with water or orange juice only. Do not use grapefruit juice to mix this medication.
Therapeutic duplication warnings
Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.
The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'macrolide immunosuppressants' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'macrolide immunosuppressants' category:
- tacrolimus (active ingredient in Prograf (tacrolimus))
- sirolimus (active ingredient in Rapamune (sirolimus))
Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.
Drug Interaction Classification
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Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.