Standard treatment is Prograf or Neoral plus Cellcept or Myfortic and prednisone. Most patients are weaned to Prograf alone within 12 months. After transplantation, you will be taking immunosuppressant medications for the rest of your life.
These medications have side effects that can include high blood pressure, excessive hair growth or loss, hand tremors, mood swings, weight gain, bone loss, and diabetes.
Not everyone experiences the same effects and some are temporary; others will continue as long as you take the medicines. Doctors will monitor and alter your medication regimen to minimize side effects and reduce dosages as quickly as possible, ensuring your new liver functions at its best. Although the amount of immunosuppressive medications required will decrease over time, they will be necessary for the rest of your life.