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Generic Name: Cellcept Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil) used for?

Cellcept® is commonly used in combination with cyclosporin and corticosteroids for the prophylaxis of acute transplant rejection in patients receiving allogeneic renal, cardiac or hepatic transplants.

How should I take Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take Cellcept® by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Cellcept®.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

Cellcept® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Cellcept® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Cellcept® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Cellcept® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

Before using Cellcept®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing Cellcept®.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Cellcept®.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Cellcept® is contraindicated during pregnancy unless there is no suitable alternative treatment to prevent transplant rejection. Treatment should not be initiated without providing a negative pregnancy test result to rule out unintended use in pregnancy

It is not known whether Cellcept® is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions to mycophenolate mofetil in breastfeeding infants, Cellcept® is contraindicated in nursing mothers.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

As taking others medicines, taking Cellcept® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

·         Vomiting

·         Abdominal pain

·         Diarrhea

·         Nausea

·         Pleural effusion

·         Dyspnea

·         Cough

·         Gastrointestinal hemorrhage

·         Peritonitis

·         Ileus

·         Colitis

·         Gastric ulcer

·         Duodenal ulcer

·         Gastritis

·         Esophagitis

·         Stomatitis

·         Constipation

·         Dyspepsia

·         Flatulence

·         Eructation

·         Hypotension

·         Hypertension

·         Vasodilatation

·         Agitation

·         Confusional state

·         Herpes simplex

·         Herpes zoster

·         Pneumonia

·         Influenza

·         Respiratory tract infection


·         Depression

·         Anxiety

·         Thinking abnormal

·         Insomnia

·         Acidosis

·         Hyperkalemia

·         Hypokalemia

·         Hyperglycemia

·         Hypomagnesaemia

·         Hypocalcaemia

·         Hypercholesterolaemia

·         Hyperlipidaemia

·         Hypophosphataemia

·         Hyperuricaemia

·         Gout

·         Anorexia

·         Skin cancer

·         Benign neoplasm of skin

·         Sepsis

·         Gastrointestinal candidiasis

·         Urinary tract infection

·         Respiratory moniliasis

·         Gastrointestinal infection

·         Candidiasis

·         Bronchitis

·         Pharyngitis

·         Sinusitis

·         Fungal skin infection

·         Skin candida

·         Vaginal candidiasis

·         Rhinitis

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

Cellcept® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug including:

  • Acyclovir
  • Antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
  • Cholestyramine
  • Medicinal products that interfere with enterohepatic circulation
  • Cyclosporin A
  • Telmisartan
  • Ganciclovir
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Rifampicin
  • Sevelamer
  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Norfloxacin and metronidazole
  • Ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid
  • Tacrolimus
  • Probenecid
  • Live vaccines

Does food or alcohol interact with Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

Cellcept® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil)?

Cellcept® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions may interact with this drug including:

  • Stomach ulcer or other disorder of your stomach or intestines
  • Viral, bacterial, or fungal infection
  • Rare inherited enzyme deficiency (such as lesch-nyhan syndrome or kelley-seegmiller syndrome)


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil).

What is the dose of Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Cellcept®.

Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Use in renal transplant

The recommended dose in renal transplant patients is 1 g administered twice daily (2 g daily dose within 72 hours following transplantation).

Use in cardiac transplant

The recommended dose in cardiac transplant patients is 1.5 g administered twice daily (3 g daily dose) within 5 days following transplantation.

Use in hepatic transplant

The recommended oral dose in hepatic transplant patients is 1.5 g administered twice daily (3 g daily dose).

What is the dose of Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil) for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Cellcept®.

Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Pediatric population aged 2 to 18 years:

The recommended dose of Cellcept® is 600 mg/madministered orally twice daily (up to a maximum of 2 g daily). Cellcept® tablets should only be prescribed to patients with a body surface area greater than 1.5 m2, at a dose of 1 g twice daily (2 g daily dose).

Pediatric population < 2 years

There are limited safety and efficacy data in children below the age of 2 years. These are insufficient to make dosage recommendations and therefore use in this age group is not recommended.

How is Cellcept® (mycophenolate mofetil) available?

Cellcept® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Film coated tablet 500 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Cellcept®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 7, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019