Actually, Melissa, I wonder if you are confusing Cellcept with something else.
Cellcept is an immuno-suppressant, not an anti-inflammatory. Any aid it may provide in reducing inflammation is incidental, not the main thing it does. It helps regulate the over-active immune systems we have with Lupus - and can help some of us into remission. (Although Rheumies use the words "quiet period" rather than "remission" with Lupus.)
And yes, the doses of Cellcept used for Lupus do/can cause hair loss - sure did for me!
Cellcept can be taken with or without food. It is MORE EFFECTIVE when taken on an empty stomach, but doesn't HAVE to be taken that way. With some meds they HAVE to be taken on an empty stomach, but Cellcept will work either way, just not quite as effectively. Again, I know this from personal experience. It just didn't work for me to take it on an empty stomach, and my Dr okay'd me taking it with food -- AND it put me into "remission".
I find it interesting when people take Cellcept (who aren't transplant patients trying to avoid organ rejection) for longer than the 18-24 months that are stated as usage limits. My "autoimmune disease trained rheumy" states that if it doesn't make a significant difference in Lupus symptoms after that long that another medication should be tried.
Everyone remember, no matter what our experiences are, this is a forum of equals and NOT professionals. All we can do is talk about
what happened with us, NOT interrogate others or act like we have superior knowledge.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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