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Anti-rejection medicines before Heart Transplant

  I would like to know how soon a person must start taking the immunodepressants (anti-rejection medicines) before they can receive a new heart?  Must they be taking them days, weeks, months before receiving the new heart, or do they start taking these drugs when they receive their new heart?
Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for your question. Anit-rejection medications (or immunosupressents are started after the transplant.
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