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

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mycophenolic acid

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 5
Nausea and vomiting 3
Chronic diarrhea 2
Forgetfulness 2
Very low white blood cell count 2
Anxious mood 1

Show all 26 reported side effects


Based on patients currently taking Mycophenolic acid

Dosage Patients
720 mg daily 7
360 mg twice daily 3
180 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
1,080 mg daily 1
540 mg twice daily 1
720 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
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 9
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) 3
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 2
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Sirolimus (Rapamune) 1

Patients stopped taking Mycophenolic acid and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 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 (cloudy thinking, forgetfulness, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 720 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: cloudy 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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