What is Rapamune and what is it used for?
Rapamune contains the active substance sirolimus, which belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants.
It helps to control your body’s immune system after you have received a kidney transplant.
Rapamune is used in adults to prevent your body from rejecting transplanted kidneys and is normally used with other immunosuppressant medicines called corticosteroids and initially (the first 2 to 3 months) with ciclosporin.
Rapamune is also used for the treatment of patients with sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis (S-LAM) with moderate lung disease or declining lung function. S-LAM is a rare progressive lung disease that affects predominantly women of childbearing age. The most common symptom of S-LAM is shortness of breath.
Rapamune is for oral use only.
The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is an agency of the European Union (EU). The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU. See what guidance they offer about Rapamune.
Medicines in Northern Ireland fall under the remit of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) whilst medicines in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) fall under the remit of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) following the UK leaving the European Union. These agencies are responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies.
If you would like to see the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) or Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for Rapamune please follow these links:
PP-RAP-GBR-0005 / October 2021