Neoral – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

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Neoral, which is often used with other medications, helps prevent organ transplant rejection.

Organ transplant rejection may occur when the immune system of the patient “attacks” the transplanted heart, kidney, or liver.

Neoral belongs to a class of medications called immunosuppressants that help decrease the activity of the immune system. Neoral’s generic name is cyclosporine, and its other brand names include Gengraf and Sandimmune.

Known health risks or side effects of Neoral

Neoral may cause common side effects such as:

  • Acne or the increased growth of facial or body hair
  • Diarrhea or nausea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Painful or swollen gums
  • Shaking or tremors

You may require immediate medical attention if you experience severe side effects such as:

  • Changes in behavior or mood
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty controlling body movements
  • Jaundice/yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pale skin
  • Purple blotches on the skin
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Swelling of the hands, arms, feet, lower legs, or ankles
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

List of organs that might be affected by Neoral

An overdose of Neoral may cause complications like jaundice or swelling in the extremities. If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, consult a healthcare professional. If your symptoms are severe, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Food items or nutrients that have similar effects to Neoral

Instead of taking Neoral, which may cause negative side effects, avoid certain foods after an organ transplant and follow a healthy diet.

Avoid foods high in salt and eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, reduced-fat dairy products, and whole grains. It’s also important to stay hydrated.

Some germs may cause bacterial infections, and bacterial infections can be caused by certain foods. Lower your risk of food-related infection by handling food safely. Always wash your hands after touching raw chicken or eggs. Don’t eat “high-risk” foods because they might contain bacteria that can cause an infection.

Some high-risk foods to avoid include:

  • Dairy products – Uncooked or undercooked eggs, along with other products containing them.
  • Fish, meat, and poultry – Includes raw or undercooked clams, oysters, and mussels; crab; crayfish; fish, meats, and poultry; prawns or shrimp; or squid.
  • Foods that are moldy, past its “use by” date, or spoiled.
  • Fruits and vegetables – Grapefruit/grapefruit juice and pomegranate/pomegranate juice, unwashed raw fruits and damaged fruits, unwashed raw vegetables/salads, unpasteurized juices or ciders, salad from delicatessens or salad bars, and sprouts (e.g., alfalfa or bean sprouts).

Treatment and management options for the side effects of Neoral

The following treatments and management options can help prevent the side effects associated with Neoral, like nausea:

  • Aniseed – Add 1/4 teaspoon of aniseed to half a cup of boiling water. Strain the mixture after five minutes. Drink the mixture at least once daily. In Indian and Iranian medicinal therapy, aniseed is used to treat gastrointestinal problems such as nausea and vomiting.
  • Clove – Drink clove tea if you’re feeling nauseous. Add a teaspoon of clove powder to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes, then strain before drinking. Add a teaspoon of honey if the tea is too sour.
  • Cranberry juice – Tart beverages like cranberry juice can help ease nausea. Dilute cranberry juice with water for quick relief.
  • Fennel – Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes, then add a teaspoon of honey and some fresh lemon juice before drinking.

Where to learn more

Summary

Neoral, which is used with other medications, helps prevent organ transplant rejection.

Neoral may cause common side effects such as acne or the increased growth of facial or body hair and diarrhea or nausea.

An overdose of Neoral may cause complications like jaundice or swelling in the extremities.

Instead of taking Neoral, which may cause negative side effects, avoid certain foods after an organ transplant and follow a healthy diet.

Aniseed, clove, cranberry juice, and fennel can help prevent the side effects associated with Neoral, like nausea.

Sources include:

MedlinePlus.gov

Drugs.com

Kidney.org

HomeRemedyHacks.com



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