Managing your medicines

Taking transplant medicines as prescribed is an important part of striving to be a healthy transplant patient. It’s important to remember to take all of your medicines as prescribed by your transplant team.

Keeping organized and keeping track of transplant medicines are key

Since you may be taking more medicines than you are used to taking, organization and commitment will be important.

You may find the tips from the United Network for Organ Sharing below helpful. Remember to consult your transplant team before changing your routine.

You can download the Medicine Tracker on this page to record dates and other details about the medicines you may be taking

A pill box may help you remember whether you’ve taken your most recent dose of medicine

Remember to keep your medicines with you when traveling*

Picking certain times of day to take your medicines may also be helpful

Try planning your doses to go along with other activities during the day

It may be a good idea to talk with your transplant team if you are considering travel*

A watch with an alarm to remind you when it’s time to take your medicines can be useful

Your friends or family may be able to help you remember to take your medicines

Remember to reorder your medicines in advance when you can so that you don’t run out
You may need to carry a letter permitting you to travel with your medicines.
Such as meals for those pills that should be taken with food. You could ask your pharmacist or a member of your transplant team for help with planning.

Most transplant recipients will need to take medicines to ensure that their transplanted organ remains healthy. The types of medicines you may take include:

Anti-rejection or immunosuppressive medicines (medicines that prevent activity of your immune system)

Blood pressure-lowering medicines

Medicines to treat infections

Diabetes medicines

Before taking any non-prescription medicines or supplements, tell your transplant team. For example, sometimes taking medicine for pain or an upset stomach can hide a more serious illness that needs attention. Also, some medicines can upset your immunosuppressive regimen.

Here are some common questions about transplant medicines that you may want to ask your transplant team:

Tips for managing your medicines according to the United Network for Organ Sharing,, accessed October 14, 2014.