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Azathioprine

 

Drug Class:

DMARDs

Brand Names

Azasan, Imuran


Dosages

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50 to 150 mg daily in one to three doses.




Potential Side Effects

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Chills; fatigue; fever; loss of appetite; liver problems; low blood counts; nausea; vomiting; weakness.




Special Instructions

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  • Take with food.
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Be Aware

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  • Azathioprine is linked to certain cancers, including lymphoma. This drug can cause a dangerous interaction with allopurinol, a drug used for gout.
  • Your doctor should order periodic blood and urine tests to check for unwanted effects. Before taking any DMARD, tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant.

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