An overview of Rapamune and why it is authorised in the EU
Rapamune is a medicine used to prevent the body from rejecting a newly transplanted kidney. It is used in adults who are at a low to moderate risk of rejection. It is recommended that Rapamune is used with ciclosporin and corticosteroids (other medicines to prevent organ rejection) for two to three months. Rapamune can then be used for continuing treatment with corticosteroids, but only if ciclosporin treatment can be stopped.
Rapamune is also used for treating patients with sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis (S-LAM) with moderate lung disease or worsening lung function. S-LAM is a rare lung disease that causes worsening symptoms such as shortage of breath and occurs mainly in women who are at an age when they can have children.
Rapamune contains the active substance sirolimus.
Rapamune : EPAR - Medicine overview (PDF/102.44 KB)
First published: 27/11/2008
Last updated: 13/09/2018
Rapamune : EPAR - Risk-management-plan summary (PDF/173.41 KB)
First published: 08/08/2018
Last updated: 08/08/2018
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02/08/2018 Rapamune - EMEA/H/C/000273 - II/0164
- Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
- Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
- Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
- Annex IIIA - Labelling
- Annex IIIB - Package leaflet
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Rapamune is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult patients at low to moderate immunological risk receiving a renal transplant. It is recommended that Rapamune be used initially in combination with ciclosporin microemulsion and corticosteroids for 2 to 3 months. Rapamune may be continued as maintenance therapy with corticosteroids only if ciclosporin microemulsion can be progressively discontinued.
Rapamune is indicated for the treatment of patients with sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis with moderate lung disease or declining lung function.