Others drugs

 

NEXIUM® (ESOMEPRAZOLE), ANTRA® (OMEPRAZOLE)

Esomeprazole and omeprazole are antacids that inhibit gastric acid production. They are used to protect your child’s stomach and to prevent abdominal pain that may occur while taking Prednisone®. The side effects include in particular:

  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • increased appetite.

This drug must be taken before meals. It is available as solution, as powder packs or as tablets. This drug can be used when your child is taking Prednisone® and in case of need when he is suffering from continued abdominal pain due to the administration of other drugs.

 

URSOFALK® (URSODEOXYCHOLIC ACID)

Ursofalk® increases the solubility of bile, enabling it to flow freely through the biliary tree. The side effects include in particular:

  • gastrointestinal disorders.

It may happen that your child complains about a metallic taste. This drug must be taken for 6 to 12 months after the graft, sometimes even longer.

 

MAGNESIOCARD® (GLUCONIC ACID/MAGNESIUM OXIDE)

Magnesium is an electrolytic supplement that may be required to administer due to the loss of magnesium as a result of the administration of tacrolimus (Prograf®). The side effects include in particular:

  • diarrhoea
  • facial flush.

In general, diarrhoea disappears after 3 to 4 weeks, once your child’s organism got used to the drug. It is possible that he must take this drug for several years – every child being evaluated individually.

 

ASPIRIN®

Aspirin® inhibits platelet aggregation and facilitates blood circulation. It is given to your child for three months in order to ensure good blood flow in the blood vessels that supply the transplanted organ with blood. The side effects include in particular:

  • increased tendency to bruise easily
  • risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers
  • gastrointestinal disorders.

Please inform the medical team when you notice that your child bruises more easily.