What Are Immunosuppressive Medications? How Do They Work? What Are Their Side Effects?

  • Peter Chung-Wen Chang
  • Donald E. Hricik


Effective suppression of the transplant recipient’s immune system has improved short-term outcomes in renal transplantation. The immunologic basis for graft rejection is described in Chapter 3. Although there are infrequent reports of patients requiring little or no immunosuppressive medications, most patients require life-long immunosuppression.


Acute Rejection Induction Therapy mTOR Inhibitor Mycophenolic Acid Azole Antifungal Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of MedicineUniversity Hospitals Case Medical CenterClevelandUSA

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