was the patient able to tell you anything? did the doctor's history and physical or progress notes indicate anything? did any of the nurses ask this patient why she was taking this medication on her admission assessment (if she was taking this on admission)? did the doctor visit the patient today while you were there so you could ask about this medication?
i'm looking at the immunopharmacology chapter of my pharmacology book and it is saying that immunosuppression is used (1) after organ transplant, and (2) in the treatment of a severe allergic conditions when the immune system is hyperactive and causing harmful effects
(these would usually be immune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis). my nursing drug book indicates that it has investigational use for diffuse proliferative lupus nephritis.
- information that includes the recent uses of cellcept from the american college of rheumatology. under "uses" it states, "mycophenolate has been used to treat people with lupus (especially those with symptoms of kidney disease), rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's disease, and some other kidney or skin disorders."
- information from consumer guide medical reports. under the question "are there other uses for this medication?" it states, "mycophenolate is also sometimes used to treat refractory uveitis (inflammation of the eyes that has not responded to other treatment), churg-strauss syndrome (a disease in which the body makes too many immune cells and they damage organs), and certain types of lupus nephritis (a disease in which the body attacks its own kidneys)."
- this is roche's official online information about cellcept, but doesn't say anything more than it is used for immunosuppression following transplant.