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Life After Kidney Transplant

Patients must take their transplant medication for life; missing doses (even as little 1–3 days) can lead to kidney rejection. Transplant medications for the most part are well-tolerated. Rejection can happen at any time after transplant.

Patients can return to their previous activities, go back to work or school, or even have a child. Patients must be seen by a nephrologist every 3-–6 months to make sure transplant medication levels are OK and take care of any complications that may arise, related or not, to the transplanted organ.

Patients can gain weight after transplant; this can cause diabetes to worsen. Preventive measures, such as weight control, healthy diet, regular exercise, and updated non-live vaccines (like flu or pneumonia) are essential to keep the organ for long time.

Medications to Avoid

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, advil, naproxen, etc. (NSAIDs) should be avoided in all Kidney Transplant Patients!. Other medications can also interact with some of your transplant meds. Make sure you communicate with your transplant team or nephrologist if you are prescribed any medication by a different medical provider.