What is PROGRAF® (tacrolimus)?
PROGRAF is a prescription medicine used with other medicines to help prevent organ rejection in people who have had a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. PROGRAF is not for use with medicines called cyclosporines (Gengraf®, Neoral®, and Sandimmune®) and is not for use with a medicine called sirolimus (Rapamune®) in people who have had a liver or heart transplant. It is not known if PROGRAF is safe and effective when used with sirolimus in people who have had kidney transplants. It is not known if PROGRAF is safe and effective in children who have had kidney or heart transplants.
What is ASTAGRAF XL® (tacrolimus extended-release capsules)?
ASTAGRAF XL is a prescription medicine used with other medicines to help prevent organ rejection in people who have had a kidney transplant. ASTAGRAF XL is an extended-release capsule and is not the same as tacrolimus immediate-release capsules. Your doctor should decide what medicine is right for you.
*Eligible participants in the Copay Card Program ("Program") may receive annual savings up to $3000 for Prograf or ASTAGRAF XL. Patients must have prescription drug coverage for Prograf or ASTAGRAF XL, however, this Program offer is not valid for patients whose prescription claims are reimbursed, in whole or in part, by any federal or state-government funded prescription drug benefit program (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DoD, TriCare, Puerto Rico Government Insurance or any state patient or pharmaceutical assistance program). Prograf patients who reside in the state of Massachusetts are not eligible to participate in the Program. The Copay Card Program is valid for twelve (12) months from date of enrollment. Annual reenrollment in the Program is required and subject to eligibility. Restrictions may apply.
Once you’re enrolled and have activated your Copay Card, just show it to your pharmacist along with your prescription to start saving.
For mail-order prescriptions, send a photocopy of your Copay Card, along with your prescription, to your mail-order pharmacy. In order to receive the savings, you must include your name and the 9-digit ID number shown on the front of the Copay Card.
If you’re using a mail-order pharmacy, you must comply with your insurance plan’s rules. It’s usually helpful to check with your plan to be certain what these rules are.
If the mail-order pharmacy will not process your Copay Card, or if you need to submit for direct reimbursement, please follow these simple steps:
What is the most important information I should know about PROGRAF® (tacrolimus)?
PROGRAF can cause serious side effects, including:
Do not take PROGRAF if you are allergic to tacrolimus or any of the ingredients in PROGRAF.
What should I tell my doctor before taking PROGRAF?
Before you take PROGRAF, tell your doctor if you: plan to receive any live vaccines, have or have had liver, kidney or heart problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. PROGRAF can pass into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take PROGRAF or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take: cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, and Sandimmune®), sirolimus (Rapamune®), nelfinavir (Viracept®), telaprevir (Incivek®), boceprevir (Victrelis®) or amiodarone (Cordarone®, Nexterone®, Pacerone®). PROGRAF may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how PROGRAF works. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How Should I Take PROGRAF?
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking PROGRAF. Take PROGRAF exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Take PROGRAF with or without food and the same way and time every day. If you take too much PROGRAF, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
PROGRAF may cause serious side effects, including:
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms: frequent urination, increased thirst or hunger, blurred vision, confusion, drowsiness, loss of appetite, fruity smell on your breath, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, muscle tremors, numbness and tingling, headache, seizures, coma, vision changes, shortness of breath, chest pain, feel lightheaded, or feel faint.
The most common side effects of PROGRAF are: tremors (shaking of the body); high blood pressure; kidney problems; diarrhea; headache; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; nausea; pain; weakness or low red blood cell count (anemia); infection; constipation; low levels of phosphate in your blood; swelling of the hands, ankles, or legs; high levels of fat or potassium in your blood; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet; fever; or low levels of magnesium in the blood.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of PROGRAF. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about ASTAGRAF XL?
ASTAGRAF XL can cause serious side effects, including:
Who should not take ASTAGRAF XL?
Do not take ASTAGRAF XL if you are allergic to tacrolimus or any of the ingredients in ASTAGRAF XL.
Before you take ASTAGRAF XL tell your doctor if you:
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
How should I take ASTAGRAF XL?
What should I avoid while taking ASTAGRAF XL?
What are the possible side effects of ASTAGRAF XL?
ASTAGRAF XL may cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of ASTAGRAF XL are diarrhea, constipation, nausea, swelling of the hands, ankles or legs, and tremors (shaking of the body).
These are not all the possible side effects of ASTAGRAF XL. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.