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For how long do I need to take extra precautions against infection after an organ transplant?

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Over the next six months to a year after an organ transplant, your health care team will probably reduce your medication. You'll settle into the "maintenance phase" on a lower dose. At this point, you can usually relax some of your safety measures, as you won't be as susceptible to infection. That said, you should still take precautions. Wash your hands regularly and limit contact with people who are sick or recently vaccinated.

If your body ever rejects your organ for any reason, your doctor may need to change your medications or boost the dosage of immunosuppressant drugs. This is called "anti-rejection immunotherapy." Since your immune system will be further suppressed, you'll need to take those extra precautions again.

Your doctor may also occasionally need to change some of the medicines because may not work as well over time. In addition, newer and more effective drugs may also come on the market to replace old ones.

SOURCES: Barry Friedman, RN, administrative director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program, Children's Medical Center, Dallas; former president of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization. Richard Perez, MD, PhD, director of the Transplant Center, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of California Medical Center at Davis. Jeffrey D. Punch, MD, associate professor of Surgery, chief of the Division of Transplantation, director of the Liver Transplant Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor. National Kidney Foundation web site. United Network for Organ Sharing web site. United Network for Organ Sharing's "Transplant Living" web site. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Partnering with Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation, 2004."


 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

SOURCES: Barry Friedman, RN, administrative director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program, Children's Medical Center, Dallas; former president of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization. Richard Perez, MD, PhD, director of the Transplant Center, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of California Medical Center at Davis. Jeffrey D. Punch, MD, associate professor of Surgery, chief of the Division of Transplantation, director of the Liver Transplant Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor. National Kidney Foundation web site. United Network for Organ Sharing web site. United Network for Organ Sharing's "Transplant Living" web site. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Partnering with Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation, 2004."


 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

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