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Tacrolimus

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Immune Suppressant Prograf® Adult, Children

Tacrolimus - Dosage and How to Use

How should Tacrolimus be used?

​ It is important that you take this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Your doctor may change the dosage of tacrolimus depending on blood tests results. Always follow the doctor’s instructions strictly. Do not stop taking tacrolimus unless you are told to do so by your doctor. Do not take more or less than required unless instructed

Tacrolimus is usually given twice daily and should be given at the same time each day. It should be taken on an empty stomach or at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, to achieve maximal absorption. Take with food only if you experience stomach upset after taking Tacrolimus. It is advisable to be consistent with the timing and composition of meals if taken with food.

  • Tacrolimus 0.5mg Capsule/ Tacrolimus 1mg Capsule
    - Capsules should not be opened, crushed or chewed. Capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of    water.
    - Capsules should be taken immediately following removal from the blister.
  • Tacrolimus 1mg/mL Suspension

Shake well before taking the medication. Do not administer the suspension once passed the expiry date stated on the bottle.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next dose. Do not double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Tacrolimus - Additional Information

​Compliance to follow up visits

While taking Tacrolimus, you should be seeing your specialist doctor regularly to ensure that your treatment is optimized and to address any concerns relating to your treatment. Regular laboratory tests may be conducted as directed by your doctor to monitor your condition and treatment progress.

Supply of Drugs
You are advised not to purchase more Tacrolimus than required before your next visit in case of dose changes or discontinuation of therapy. Do not switch brands without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Caregiver advice
Do not give Tacrolimus to anyone else. It has been prescribed for a specific condition, and may not be the correct treatment for another person, and would be dangerous if the other person is pregnant or breastfeeding.

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