Brand Names : Prograf
Tacrolimus (ta-KROE-li-mus) belongs to a group of
medicines known as immunosuppressive agents. It is used to lower the body's
natural immunity in patients who receive organ (for example, kidney, liver,
pancreas, lung, and heart) transplants.
When a patient receives an organ transplant, the body's white blood cells
will try to get rid of (reject) the transplanted organ. Tacrolimus works by
preventing the white blood cells from getting rid of the transplanted organ.
Tacrolimus may also be used for other indications, as determined by your
Tacrolimus is a very strong medicine. It can cause side effects that can
be very serious, such as kidney problems. It may also reduce the body's ability
to fight infections. You and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine
will do as well as the risks of using it.
Tacrolimus is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S.—