Increased risk of loss of a pregnancy (miscarriage) and higher risk of birth defects. Females who take CellCept during pregnancy have a higher risk of miscarriage during the first 3 months (first trimester), and a higher risk that their baby will be born with birth defects.
The purpose of this registry is to gather information about the health of you and your baby.
Increased risk of getting certain cancers. People who take CellCept have a higher risk of getting lymphoma, and other cancers, especially skin cancer. Tell your doctor if you have:
Increased risk of getting serious infections. CellCept weakens the body’s immune system and affects your ability to fight infections. Serious infections can happen with CellCept and can lead to hospitalizations and death. These serious infections can include:
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of infection:
See “What are the possible side effects of CellCept?” for information about other serious side effects.
Do not take CellCept if you are allergic to mycophenolate mofetil or any of the ingredients in CellCept.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect the way CellCept works, and CellCept may affect how some medicines work.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your doctor or nurse and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Do not take any new medicine without talking with your doctor.
CellCept may influence your ability to drive and use machines (See “What are the possible side effects of CellCept?”). If you experience drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, tremor, or low blood pressure during treatment with CellCept, you should be cautious about driving or using heavy machines.
Your doctor will do blood tests before you start taking CellCept and during treatment with CellCept to check your blood cell counts. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (see “What is the most important information I should know about CellCept?”), including any unexpected bruising or bleeding. Also, tell your doctor if you have unusual tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness or fainting.
Stomach problems. Stomach problems including intestinal bleeding, a tear in your intestinal wall (perforation) or stomach ulcers can happen in people who take CellCept. Bleeding can be severe and you may have to be hospitalized for treatment. Call your doctor right away if you have sudden or severe stomach-area pain or stomach-area pain that does not go away, or if you have diarrhea.
Side effects that can happen more often in children than in adults taking CellCept include:
These are not all of the possible side effects of CellCept. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
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