Background and purpose: Therapeutic drug monitoring is a valuable tool supporting immunosuppressive therapy. Significant variation of immunosuppressive drug (ISD) concentrations during their use at similar doses is the basis of dose-normalization strategy. The strategy of dose-adjustment is proposed to identify variability in the rate of ISD metabolism. While the parent drug-to-metabolite ratio (metabolic ratio, MR) represents the rate of formation of individual metabolites. The present study was aimed at evaluation of associations between ISDs’ metabolism rate expressed as dose-adjusted concentrations (C/D) and dose/kg-adjusted concentrations (C/D/kg) and MRs of individual metabolites of tacrolimus, cyclosporine A and MPA precursors. Experimental approach: 506 patients have participated: 284 males (56.13%) and 222 females (43.87%); 318 after kidney (62.85%) and 188 after liver transplantation; median age was 51.34 (39.32-59.95) years and median time after transplantation 78.92 (33.87-138.4) months. Key results: Generally, we have not observed significant relationships between dose-adjusted and dose/kg-adjusted concentrations and MRs of cyclosporine and tacrolimus. Significant correlations were found for: AM9/CsA and dMC-CsA/CsA in kidney transplant recipients and MIII/Tac, AM1/CsA and AM4N/CsA in liver transplant recipients. In contrast, MRs of mycophenolic acid (MPA) metabolites correlated significantly with MPA C/D and C/D/kg both in kidney and liver transplant recipients. Conclusion and implications: In conclusion, easily available and easy to use in clinical practice C/D and C/D/kg ratios cannot be considered as parameters directly reflecting the rate of generation of major metabolites of cyclosporine and tacrolimus both in liver and kidney transplant recipients.