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Patient's Guide to Heart Transplant Surgery

Medication Side Effects

Medicines help. You will need to take transplant medicines for as long as you have the heart transplant. If you stop taking them, you could lose your transplant.

But transplant medicines are strong. Each has some side effects. These side effects are different in each person. The doctors will try to give you medicine that has the fewest side effects for you. Here are some problems you should be aware of:

  1. The biggest problem with any of the transplant medicines is that they make it hard for your body to fight off infections.
  2. Also, transplant medicines can make you more likely to get some types of cancer, mostly cancer of the lymph glands and skin cancers.

Your doctors will try very hard to make sure your body gets enough transplant medicine to keep your new heart or lung healthy. At the same time, they will try to keep you from having infections and getting cancer.



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