Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) has become a viable option for patients with end-stage organ dysfunction. Advances in surgical techniques and organ procurement have made the process much more successful with limited complications. The most common types of transplants include the lungs, liver, kidney, heart, and pancreas.
Once a transplant procedure has been completed, patients must take ongoing immunosuppressant medications to keep the body from attacking the new organ. These medications are vital to the success of the organ transplant and reduce the risk of the body's rejection of the new organ. Immunosuppressants increase the risk of developing infections therefore ancillary medications are often prescribed as prophylaxis to reduce the risk of a serious infection.
We have listed common medications used as immunosuppressants and ancillary medications to reduce the risk of infections.