What medications will I need after my heart transplant?

You know that after your heart transplant, you will be taking many different medications, each prescribed to you for a specific therapeutic reason. They fall into four categories:
  • Immunosuppressants: Drugs and agents that shut down your body's natural immune responses that would damage your new heart.
  • Antibiotics, antivirals, and fungicides: Drugs that intercede to fend off infection because your natural immune responses are now disabled.
  • Vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements: Compounds to aid your body in its efforts to heal and maintain proper functioning.
  • Coronary-disease preventing and antihypertensive medications: Drugs to prevent coronary artery disease and regulate blood pressure.
You will be taking the highest amount of medications immediately following your operation. Over the first year, we will begin to lower some dosages and possibly discontinue certain medications.

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