Generic Name: Imuran
What is Imuran?
It does not contain all of the available information. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking IMURAN against the benefits they expect it will have for you. If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. What IMURAN is used for IMURAN contains azathioprine as the active ingredient.
Azathioprine belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication. Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health.
These factors may affect how you should use this medication. Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of Imuran azathioprine. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.
How should I take Imuran?
Early drug discontinuation in patients with abnormal CBC results that do not respond to dose reduction is advisable. Consider alternative therapies for patients who have low or absent TPMT activity homozygous for nonfunctional alleles. Prompt reduction in dosage or temporary withdrawal of azathioprine may be necessary if there is a rapid fall in or persistently low leukocyte count or if other evidence of bone marrow depression exists. Dose reduction or temporary azathioprine withdrawal may result in reversal of these toxicities.
Cautious use of azathioprine in a patient with bone marrow suppression may be advisable. Physicians using azathioprine for their patients should be very familiar with possible hematologic toxicities.
What should I avoid while taking Imuran?
Cytoxan but not Imuran can be given at a much higher dose intravenously on a monthly basis. This may be quite effective for severe disease and my help to avoid some of the side effects that occur with daily dosages of this drug. ImuranImuran is less potent and less effective than Cytoxan, but it has far fewer side effects.
Its use may case the white blood cell count, platelet count, or red blood cell count to decrease, and it might slightly increase the risk of developing lymphoma a cancer involving the lymph glands, liver and spleen. One in 300 people can't remove Imuran from their systems, and the quickly develop side effects. Related DrugsOther cytotoxic drugs related to cyclophosphamide Cytoxan are chlorambucil Leukeran and nitrogen mustard Mustargen.
Imuran side effects
Can I drink alcohol while on this medication. Yes, but it is important to consume in moderation as the combination of these drugs and alcohol can increase stress on the liver. Other Considerations Because 6-MP and Imuran can affect your blood cell count and liver enzymes, it is necessary to go for bloodwork regularly to monitor for these side effects. It is recommended to do a blood test every 2 weeks for 2 months, and then every month for 2 months, and thereafter every 2-3 months while on therapy.
Ensure all vaccinations are up to date.
Common Imuran ide effects may include:
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Tell your doctor if you become pregnant, are trying to become pregnant or planning to father a child.
However, healthcare professionals and patients should be aware of the possibility for PML to develop with azathioprine.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else.
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them.
Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Where can I get more information?
It blocks the production of the white blood cells that kill unfamiliar cells.
Your doctor should order CBC complete blood count to monitor your blood counts white, red, lymphocytes, etc and CMP comprehensive metabolic panel to monitor your liver enzymes.