Cellcept was initially developed as an anti-rejection drug, I believe particularly for kidney transplants. Only in the last year or so has it begun to be cross-used to treat lupus.
It, like Imuran, is supposed to allow us to drop our prednisone dosage, as it doesn't do as much harm to the bones and the adrenal glands as prednisone does. It, like prednisone, requires constant organ monitoring.
I've been taking Cellcept since October. I had rather serious cognitive dysfunction -- not only could I not work, but I would get lost and confused in the middle of a sentence, while driving, even while reading or watching TV. Cellcept has given me back my brain!!!! I'm still less than pre-lupus with brain function, but much, much, much better than I was.
I have not had any side effects, and we are just now experimenting to see if I'll be able to decrease my prednisone intake.
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Xanax, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, Valtrex
OTC Daily: Multivitamin, Calcium, B-12, C, D; As Needed: Ibuprofen, Tylenol Sinus
Allergies: All Sulfa-based medications; Levofloxacin, Levaquin
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