Can immunosuppressants cause nerve damage?

Can immunosuppressants cause nerve damage?

Some of these immunosuppressive drugs may lead to neurological signs and symptoms through direct neurotoxic effects, and all of them may be responsible for the development of tumors or opportunistic infections.

What are the side effects of calcineurin inhibitors?


  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Stinging/burning/soreness/itching of the affected skin.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Acne.
  • Muscle or back pain.
  • Eye redness/pain.

How does tacrolimus cause nephrotoxicity?

The molecular basis of cyclosporine and tacrolimus nephrotoxicity is less well understood, but there is evidence that it may be mediated by the calcineurin pathway as well. Thus, cyclosporine and tacrolimus binding proteins are present at a high concentration in the kidney (higher than in the liver and spleen).

What is calcineurin inhibitor toxicity?

Calcineurin inhibitors (ciclosporin and tacrolimus) can cause acute and chronic nephrotoxicity. The serum levels of these drugs do not correlate well with the extent of renal damage caused, and the clinical manifestation is nonspecific.

What are the long term effects of immunosuppressive drugs?

Monitoring is required because immunosuppressive drugs increase the risks of infection, malignancy, cardiovascular disease and bone marrow suppression. Some drugs have additional risks which require specific monitoring. Vigilance is needed as adverse effects may have atypical clinical presentations.

What is CNI toxicity?

Renal calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity is a frequent side effect of immunosuppression with CNIs in solid organ transplantation, leading to acute and chronic renal failure.

Is tacrolimus toxicity reversible?

The definition of nephrotoxicity used in this study required a fall in creatinine in response to reduction in the maintainence dose of tacrolimus. Hence, only reversible episodes of tacrolimus nephrotoxicity were identified. Other investigators have described patients with apparently persistent nephrotoxicity (6, 10).

What are side effects of tacrolimus?

Tacrolimus may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • headache.
  • diarrhea.
  • constipation.
  • nausea.
  • vomiting.
  • heartburn.
  • stomach pain.
  • loss of appetite.

What is cyclosporine nephrotoxicity?

Because cyclosporine use is associated with apoptotic mechanisms (see above), defective P-glycoprotein activity or decreased expression could increase the direct nephrotoxic effects of cyclosporine, which would explain the association of ABCB1 genotype or expression with CNI nephrotoxicity in previous human studies.

What are immunosuppressant medicines used for eczema?

There are various immunosuppressant medicines that may be used if your eczema is so severe that more conventional medicines cannot control it. They may be given by injection or taken by mouth. Firstly, your doctor may try a short course of an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisolone, to control a severe flare-up.

What are immunosuppressants for atopic dermatitis?

Immunosuppressants are prescribed for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in children and adults. How do immunosuppressants work? Immunosuppressants help to stop the itch-scratch cycle of eczema; allow the skin to heal; and reduce the risk of skin infection.

What is the clinical profile of neurotoxicity caused by immunosuppression?

The clinical profile of neurotoxicity caused by immunosuppression has changed. When toxic levels are reached, both cyclosporine and tacrolimus may produce a clinical spectrum that varies from tremor and acute confusional state to status epilepticus and major speech or language abnormalities. Coma has become an unusual manifestation.

What are the treatment options for eczema?

Firstly, your doctor may try a short course of an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisolone, to control a severe flare-up. Alternatively, ciclosporin (Neoral) is licensed for short-term use in severe eczema, and azathioprine (eg Imuran) or mycophenolate (CellCept) may also be tried, though these are not licensed for eczema treatment.