Tacrolimus/Selected Weak CYP3A4 Inhibitors that Prolong QT Interactions

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Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Your other drug may slow down how quickly your body processes tacrolimus.Also, both drugs can affect your heart's rhythm.

What might happen:

Your blood levels of tacrolimus may increase and cause toxic effects. Taking your other medicine with tacrolimus can affect your heart rhythm and may increase your risk of an irregular heartbeat, which may be life-threatening.

What you should do about this interaction:

Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these two medicines together. Your doctor may need to check the amount of tacrolimus in your blood and adjust the dose until you have been stabilized on the combination.Contact your healthcare professional if you experience a decrease in the amount of urine you make, or any chest discomfort, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, shaking, leg cramping, swelling, or any unusual stomach upset, headache, or skin irritation.Your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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