Ten Tips for a Healthy Lung Transplant Recovery
- Take all of your medications exactly as prescribed.
- If you have any pre-transplant medications left, do not take them unless otherwise instructed by your health care provider.
- Keep a list of all your medications and their dosages with you.
- Do not take any other medications (over-the-counter or prescribed medications) unless you talk to your doctor first.
- Don't stop taking your medications unless you talk to your doctor first.
- Never double the dose of your medication.
- Do not keep outdated medication or medication that is no longer needed. Throw old medicines away or bring them to the Cleveland Clinic and give them to your transplant coordinator.
- If you store your medications in a container, label it with the medication name, dose, frequency and expiration date.
- Keep your medications in your carry-on luggage when you travel. Do not pack your medications in a suitcase that is checked, in case the suitcase is lost.
- Take extra medication with you when you travel in case your flight is delayed and you need to stay away longer than planned.
- Keep all of your scheduled appointments with your physician or transplant coordinators.
- Call your physician or transplant coordinator if you have any questions or concerns or if you have
- A fever over 100°F.
- Flu-like symptoms such as chills, aches, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Cold symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or runny nose
- New pain or tenderness around the transplanted lung
- Increased shortness of breath
- Do not ignore any signs or symptoms that you are experiencing. Always call your physician or transplant coordinator if you have any unusual symptoms or symptoms that cause you concern.
- Have your blood drawn promptly, as recommended by your transplant physician or transplant coordinator.
- Report your lab work results to the Transplant Center promptly.
- Follow your recommended dietary plan.
- Follow your recommended exercise plan.
- Perform your pulmonary function tests every day as recommended.
- Avoid being around anyone who has an infection.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Partnering With Your Transplant Team: The Patient’s Guide to Transplantation. optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/. Accessed January 19, 2012.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What Is a Lung Transplant? www.nhlbi.nih.gov/. Accessed January 19, 2012.
- UpToDate. Lung transplantation: Procedure and postoperative management. www.uptodate.com/. Accessed January 19, 2012.
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