Richard was able to leave the hospital about noon on the day after the transplant. He was feeling fine, a little manic from dexamethasone, but otherwise ok. His feet were a little puffy and his face was flushed. We walked back to our apartment.
Transplant patients take a lot of meds. Most of them are to prevent infection. Richard's included antibiotics: Pen VK 500mg twice a day, Levaquin 750 mg once a day, Bactrim DS twice a day, antiviral acyclovir 400 mg twice a day, and antifungal fluconazole 400 mg once a day and ursodiol three times a day to prevent liver disease. He also continued to take his usual meds including metformin 100 mg bid, lisinopril 10 mg once a day, Effexor 75 mg once a day, omeprazole 20 mg, and allopurinol 300 mg once a day. He was also on cyclosporine 350 mg twice a day. Cyclosporine comes in 100 mg and 25 mg capsules, so each dose is 5 capsules. This gets to be a problem when the white count bottoms out and the mucositis and nausea start.
Keeping track of all this wasn't easy. I felt like I was back in the hospital again passing meds. Seriously, I can see how some one not familiar with medications could make a mistake.
Oh taking these many meds after aftger transplantation. It is very dificult to keep a track. Do you have insurance to cover all the medical expenses. You must also be very careful on various drug interactions too, beacuse it can sometimes increase the intensity of the side effects. You can find the list of medications that interact with the medcations that you are taking at
International Drug Mart.
For bactrim here is the page where you can check the drug interactions.