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Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2007 Dec;36(4):891-905; vii.

Immunosuppressive agents: effects on glucose and lipid metabolism.

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  • 1Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Washington, Box 356426, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Immunosuppressive therapies are critical elements in successful organ transplantation. Although immunosuppressant drugs are essential in preventing graft rejection and graft maintenance after transplantation, their use is complicated by adverse effects, many being detrimental to graft and even patient long-term survival. Commonly used agents are associated with dysregulated glucose metabolism and dyslipidemia. This article focuses on the effects of immunosuppressive agents on glucose and lipid metabolism. Adrenal effects of these drugs, where known, also are discussed.

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