Cornerstone Health Solutions is dedicated to supporting you through your transplant treatment. We are committed to helping you with financial assistance, providing you with thorough medication education, helping keep you on track, and being fully available to you to answer questions.
Certain medical conditions and injuries may cause one or more of your organs to fail. Organ transplant may be an appropriate treatment option in some of these cases. Some organs can be transplanted from living donors. However, certain organs can only be donated shortly after the donor has passed away. Organs that can be transplanted include:
- Skins and soft tissues
Unfortunately, you cannot receive a donated organ from just any donor. When an organ is transplanted into a person, that person’s body recognizes that it is not its own. This causes the body to fight (reject) the organ using the immune system and can cause the organ to fail. Because of this risk, providers do a lot of tests to make sure that the person you receive a donated organ from is as close to your genetic make-up as they can be. This is why providers and patients often look to family members to donate organs; but you can receive an organ donated by someone other than a family member as well. Finding a donor with a genetic make-up closely related to yours reduces the risk of your body rejecting the organ. However, patients that receive a transplant will still need to take medications to help keep their bodies from rejecting the organ.
What specialty medications do you offer to manage transplants?
What should I expect from treatment?
Medications that you take after you’ve received a transplant are called “anti-rejection” medications. These medications work by weakening your immune system enough so that your body does not reject the foreign organ. However, these medications allow you to maintain just enough of your immune system needed to prevent overwhelming infections. Anti-rejection medications are taken orally once or twice a day depending on which medication your provider prescribes. Common side effects that you may experience from these medications include increased risk of infections, stomach/intestinal upset, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, swelling of face/abdomen/hands/feet, diabetes, and trouble sleeping. If any of these side effects become unmanageable, or if you experience any other side effects, do not stop taking your medication until you speak with your provider.
Taking these medications every day exactly as prescribed is extremely important. Missing doses of your medication can put you at an increased risk of rejecting your transplanted organ.
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