Background. Targeting 2-hr postdose cyclosporine (C2) levels to 1,000 to 1,700 mg/dL during the first 6 months after renal transplantation is recommended for triple immunosuppressive regimens. This trial determines whether lower C2 levels could be targeted safely in de novo kidney transplant recipients under a quadruple regimen compared with a similar cohort monitored with trough (CO) levels. Methods. This single-center, sequential, cohort-designed trial included patients who received Thymoglobulin, corticosteroids, an antimetabolite, and cyclosporine monitored by C2 (n=50) or C0 (n=50). Cyclosporine was tapered to maintain the C2 between 1,000 and 1,200 ng/mL months O to 3 and between 600 and 1,000 ng/mL thereafter and C0 between 250 and 350 ng/mL months 0 to 3 and between 100 and 250 ng/mL thereafter. Results. Baseline patient and donor characteristics were similar. There were no differences in graft survival (100% C2 vs. 100% C0), acute rejection (4% C2 vs. 6% C0), allograft function, or adverse events at 6 months. C2 levels were lower than the suggested guidelines throughout the study (33% lower at 1 month and 48% lower at 6 months). Lower cyclosporine doses were achieved in the C2 arm compared with the C0 arm by 1 month and were sustained throughout the trial, which translated into an average cyclosporine cost savings of $773 in the C2 arm during the 6-month period (P<0.001). Conclusion. With a quadruple immunosuppressive regimen and lower C2 targets than recommended for triple therapy, safe and effective cyclosporine minimization was achieved. Lower cyclosporine doses were achieved in C2-monitored patients compared with CO-monitored patients, translating into lower immunosuppressive costs.
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