What is CellCept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Mycophenolate mofetil

Cellcept is a brand name for the drug mycophenolate mofetil, an immunosuppressant used with other medicines to prevent organ rejection following kidney, liver, or heart transplants. It may also be used for immune-modulated conditions such as lupus.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prevent organ rejection 186 47
Systemic lupus erythematosus 119 44
Multiple sclerosis 64 24
Neuromyelitis optica 22 19
Myasthenia gravis 18 14

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 48
Mild 67
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CellCept

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 22
Nausea 19
Constipation 5
Fatigue 5
Stomach pain 5
Tremor in hands 5

Show all 77 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking CellCept

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 13
1,000 mg twice daily 11
2,000 mg daily 8
1,500 mg twice daily 5
1,000 mg daily 4
250 mg twice daily 3
250 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2
1,500 mg daily 2
2.5 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking CellCept

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 58
Side effects too severe 52
Did not seem to work 43
Other 36
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
See all 152 patients who've stopped taking CellCept

Duration

Currently taking CellCept

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking CellCept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 193
Usually 29
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 130
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 16
$100-199 11
$50-99 23
$25-49 21
< $25 76
Not specified 83

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking CellCept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Azathioprine (Imuran) 13
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 13
Prednisone (Deltasone) 6
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 4
Belimumab (Benlysta) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking CellCept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azathioprine (Imuran) 10
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 5
Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) 4
Belimumab (Benlysta) 3
Rituximab (Rituxan) 3

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for CellCept

Apr 15, 2016 (Started Jan 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Does cause some bowel problems, diarrhea specifically, but its infrequent and manageable
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 25, 2015 (Started Apr 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neuromyelitis optica)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 24, 2013 (Started May 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped tx after 8 months because I thought it wasn't working and my tremors were becoming a nuisance. Exactly 1 month after stopping tx I felt way worse like I had the flu all the time. Started it back up and ~3 months later I am about up to where I was before. I am never stopping this medication haha

Oct 30, 2012 (Started May 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shaky hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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