Before taking RAPAMUNE®, tell your doctor if you have liver problems, skin cancer or it runs in your family, high cholesterol or triglycerides, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, and are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Women of childbearing potential should use effective birth control before therapy, during therapy, and for 12 weeks after RAPAMUNE® therapy has been stopped. RAPAMUNE® may interact with other medicines. Make sure that your doctor is aware of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking, including vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements.
RAPAMUNE® may cause swelling in your hands, feet, and in various tissues of your body. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing.
RAPAMUNE® may cause your wounds to heal slowly or not heal well resulting in redness, drainage, or opening of the wound.
RAPAMUNE® may increase the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (lipids or fat) in your blood. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your lipids during treatment with RAPAMUNE®. Your doctor may recommend treatment if your lipid levels become too high. Your lipid levels may remain high even if you follow your prescribed treatment plan.In patients taking RAPAMUNE® with cyclosporine, decreased kidney function has been observed. Your doctor will regularly check your kidney function. RAPAMUNE® may increase protein in your urine. Your doctor may monitor you for abnormal protein in your urine from time to time. RAPAMUNE® may increase your risk for viral infections. Certain viruses can live in your body and cause active infections when your immune system is weak. One of these viruses, BK virus, can affect how your kidney works and cause your transplanted kidney to fail. A certain virus can cause a rare serious brain infection called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy causing death or severe disability. RAPAMUNE® may cause potentially life-threatening lung or breathing problems. Symptoms may include coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.