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What medications are given after a lung transplant?

You will begin your many (often between 8 and 10) medications immediately following the surgery. Among them will be three immunosuppressants. Because your body is designed to identify "foreign invaders" and to reject them, these anti-rejection medications are mandatory for suppressing the body's natural immune response to the new lung(s). Unfortunately, the risk of rejection never goes away. For that reason, you will be taking immunosuppressants for the rest of your life.

In addition, you will begin taking antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral medications, which will be altered according to your culture results and clinical course. Vitamin and mineral supplements (e.g., calcium, magnesium, iron) will be prescribed to ensure your recovery from the transplant surgery.

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