Compounded Mycophenolate (Cellcept)
This medication is used in both humans and animals. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals. Most often prescriptions for animals require a compounded medication. Mycophenolate is used to treat autoimmune diseases in small animals and is also used to prevent transplant rejection. This medication should start having effects within 1-2 days after staring the treatment regimen however, you will not see the effects of this medication outwardly. Because the true benefits of the medication to your animal’s health are not seen outwardly, your veterinarian will require additional tests in order to monitor the effectiveness. Mycophenolate does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Mycophenolate is given orally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspensions and capsules. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals. Mycophenolate is best given on an empty stomach. If your animal vomits after receiving the medication on an empty stomach, you may give with a small amount of food or treat. This medication is considered a hazardous drug and may be harmful to individuals that touch the medication if it is not prescribed to them. Therefore, gloves should be worn while administering the medication to your animal. In addition, pregnant women should use caution when handling this medication as it may contribute to a higher risk for birth defects. Mycophenolate should be given as instructed on your prescription. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
The most common side effects in animals while taking Mycophenolate are diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite or energy. You do not have to be overly concerned about these side effects unless they are severe or worsen over time. Mycophenolate may increase your pet’s risk of infection. If your animal develops a skin rash, has trouble urinating or develops a fever contact your veterinarian as these may be signs of a more serious issue. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.