What is Mycophenolic acid?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Myfortic


Mycophenolic acid is an immunosuppressant agent, it is used to prevent organ rejection in allogeneic renal transplants. It has also been used for moderate–severe psoriasis; proliferative lupus nephritis; myasthenia gravis; prevention and treatment of graft-versus-host disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prevent organ rejection 71 19
Kidney transplant 22 5
Focal glomerulosclerosis 2 2
Graft versus host disease 2 1
Support immune health 2 0

Show all 12 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 5
Mild 15
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mycophenolic acid

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 5
Chronic diarrhea 2
Forgetfulness 2
Anxious mood 1
BK virus 1
Cognitive confusion 1

Show all 18 reported side effects


Based on patients currently taking Mycophenolic acid

Dosage Patients
360 mg twice daily 2
720 mg daily 2
720 mg twice daily 2
360 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
540 mg twice daily 1
900 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Mycophenolic acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 4
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Mycophenolic acid


Currently taking Mycophenolic acid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Mycophenolic acid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence Evaluations
Always 30
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 17
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mycophenolic acid after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 4
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 2
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Sirolimus (Rapamune) 1

Patients stopped taking Mycophenolic acid and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 2
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Mycophenolic acid

Jun 16, 2011 (Started Jun 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1080 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness, diarrhea

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for kidney transplant rejection and organ removal)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sick to my stomach, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 720 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am having extreme difficulty with this medication. In the middle of 2010, it attacked my uterus giving me so much bleeding and pain I had to have it removed. Doctors say that is not a side effect of this medication, I beg to differ. I still have much trouble with it causing extreme puking and Diarrhea always beginning with these rotten egg burps. My doctors say there is nothing else they can give me. I need to look into other doctors now. No benefits for this medication for me. It impacts my life badly.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: sick to my stomach, diarrhea

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 28, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 180 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was switched to Myfortic because I was taking cellcelpt and a biopsy showed cellcept colitis, it was aweful. I was taking 1000mg of that twice a day. Now on the myfortic, my Nephrologist started me on a low dose and it turns out that my labs stayed great on that low dose, so now I take 1 tab of 180mg twice a day and I have less pills. I have had no problems with this drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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