Everolimus: A Guide to Its Use in Liver Transplantation

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The mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus (Zortress®, Certican®) was recently approved in the USA and a number of EU countries for use in combination with a reduced dosage of tacrolimus and corticosteroids for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult liver transplant recipients. Compared with standard-exposure tacrolimus, early use of everolimus plus a reduced dosage of tacrolimus did not compromise efficacy in liver transplant recipients. In addition, significantly better renal function with everolimus plus reduced-exposure tacrolimus than with standard-exposure tacrolimus was seen from 6 weeks post-transplant onwards. Everolimus plus reduced-exposure tacrolimus has an acceptable tolerability profile in liver transplant recipients.

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