Before my name and diagnosis more than ten years ago was put on the most precious list at all; The waiting list for organ donation, I remember one of the doctors told me that it was my choice. It was up to me if I would move from one medical condition to the other. Prolonging life through transplantation (if a suitable heart and kidney become available) was not only achieving the possibility to live and experience life for undefined months or years, it was also swapping to a world of drug dependency for the rest of my life. MY CHOICE!
I remembered that question when I went to the pharmacy yesterday morning to get medicine for the coming three months.All these medicines are necessary to keep the alien organs under control and make my body continuously accept the hearth and kidney from the donor. In addition medicines are required to treat side effects and balance one side effect with another.
Cyclosporin, Mycofenolat and Prednisolon are immunosuppressive properties used to prevent the rejection of grafts and transplants.
Nifediprin and Enalapril are for reducing blood pressure.
Fluvastatin is for lowering cholesterol and Allopurinol is for lowering urine acid.
Warfarin is a anti coagulation drug to prevent thromboses (after DVT) and Furosemide is a diuretics.
Pantoprazol is helping towards reflux oesophagitis.
Other drugs must be taken if we (and many do) develop osteoporosis and /or skin cancer, or at least protect us against UVa and UVb radiation. Further different medicine against infections and improvement of sexual activity may be necessary to continue to keep up the good survival figures. More than 50% of heart transplants in Norway live 12 years after the operation.