Q. Is it necessary to stop tablet CellCept one week before and after the COVID vaccine?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 10, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am taking CellCept 2 g daily for my autoimmune dermatomyositis. I have to take my third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. So, my doctor advised me to stop the tablet for a week before and after the COVID vaccine.

Today is the fourth day of stopping, and I am sweating a lot. Is stopping CellCept suddenly causing this?

Kindly help.



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Yes, for getting a shot of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019) vaccine, you have to stop tablet CellCept (Mycophenolate mofetil) one week before and after taking the vaccine. And yes, the sudden withdrawal of the drugs can cause such symptoms. It is essential to check your blood pressure and pulse rate while you have these symptoms.

So, please get your blood pressure and pulse checked and write back to me.


Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

I do have another question. I have tinnitus with a semicircular ear canal and tiny dehiscence. Do I need surgery?

Thank you.



Welcome back to

Dermatomyositis does not interfere with any surgery, nor it complicates any surgery.

The only thing that must be kept in mind is that if you are on steroids or immunosuppressants, they can increase the risk of infections during surgery.


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