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Imuran (Azathioprine)

Imuran (Azathioprine)

Azathioprine General Information

Imuran (Azathioprine) is indicated to prevent organ rejection. It is for those who have received a kidney transplant. This prescription is usually taken along with other medicine. It is to allow your new kidney to function normally.

This medication may also be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In this condition, the body’s immune system attacks healthy joints.

How does Imuran (Azathioprine) work?

Imuran (Azathioprine) works by weakening your immune system. It is to help your body accept the new kidney as if it were your own. It is in the case of an organ transplant. This medication may also work by preventing further damage to your joints. It is in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.

It is not a painkiller but it can lessen the damage and effects caused by your condition. Your symptoms should start to improve 6-12 weeks after you start taking it.

Why use Imuran (Azathioprine)?

Imuran contains an active ingredient of Azathioprine. It belongs to the group of medications called immunosuppressants. It is available in tablet form for oral use. Each scored tablet contains 50 mg of Azathioprine. The (Food and Drug Administration) FDA has already approved this prescription.

How to use Imuran (Azathioprine)?

Imuran (Azathioprine) is to be taken by mouth usually once or twice a day. Take it with food to prevent stomach upset. The dosage is based on your condition and response. Remember to take each dose at the same time each day. Take it exactly as it is prescribed.

For the treatment of arthritis, it may take up to 2 months before your symptoms get better. Let your doctor know if your condition does not get better after 3 months of treatment.

What are the side-effects of Imuran (Azathioprine)?

Common side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting

If these side effects persist or worsen, call for medical help right away.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Let your doctor know if you are taking another medication (vitamins or herbal products).
  • If there is a sign of an overdose, call your doctor right away.
  • This drug should not be used to treat another medical condition.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any medical history.
  • Do not twice the prescribed dosage. It may cause another complication.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place away from heat or moisture.