Now that your child has received a new kidney, they will require a variety of essential medications. Each child is unique. Therefore, the transplant surgeon and nephrologist may prescribe different anti-rejection medications based on each special situation.
It is extremely important for you and your child to learn correct doses, how to give each medication, possible side effects and special considerations. Your child may not go home until this teaching is complete.
- Give all medications on a regular schedule every day to avoid mistakes and harmful drug interactions.
- Never give your child any over the counter medications until you check with the transplant coordinator.
- Keep a record of all your medications on the home Medication Record. This should include the time and dose. Bring this record to your clinic appointments.
- Store medications away from heat, light and children. Do not store in the bathroom because heat and dampness will change the medication. Do not refrigerate medications unless labeled to do so by the pharmacy.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double the dose. If your child misses two doses, call the transplant coordinator.
- Always keep medications with you whenever you travel, and always take enough of each medication with you on your trip.
- Tell the transplant coordinator if your child experiences side effects.
- Talk to the transplant coordinator before considering a generic preparation and before adding, stopping or changing the way you give any medication.
- Call before anyone else prescribes a new medication (for example, your pediatrician or primary care provider) to be sure it doesn't interact.
- Know all the medications your child is taking and the possible side effects.
- If your child vomits within one hour of taking a medication, the dose should be given again.
If you have any questions about your child's medications, please call your child's transplant coordinator or your doctor without delay.