Switched from Tacrolimus to Belatacept
Hi all. I'm just shy of my one year kidney transplant anniversary. At my four month appointment I asked my doctor if I'd be a candidate to switch from Tacrolimus to Belatacept (I'd done the research and knew that I was). The reason I asked was because despite Tacrolimus being the "gold standard" (combined with Mycophenolate Mofetil) for anti-rejection medications, it comes with side effects. Mine included significant GI issues, hair loss and steadily increasing blood glucose levels. Also, I was concerned with the nephrotoxic effects of the drug (ever notice that as your dosage goes up, your creatinine goes up as well?).
I started the Belatacept infusions at the beginning of July and am loving the change. My hair stopped falling out and started growing back. My blood glucose levels returned to normal. My GI issues are gone. But more importantly, I saw an 0.24 decrease in my creatinine levels and an 11 point increase in my eGFR.
Everyone's experience is different but check it out with your doctor if you're interested in learning more. I'm only 56 so I want to keep this kidney has healthy as possible for as long as possible.