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It is used to prevent organ rejection after a transplant
               



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What is this medicine?

AZATHIOPRINE (ay za THYE oh preen) suppresses the immune system. It is used to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • infection
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to azathioprine, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Continue to take your medicine even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • mercaptopurine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • allopurinol
  • aminosalicylates like sulfasalazine, mesalamine, balsalazide, and olsalazine
  • leflunomide
  • medicines called ACE inhibitors like benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, quinapril, lisinopril, ramipril, and trandolapril
  • mycophenolate
  • sulfamethoxazole; trimethoprim
  • vaccines
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks during the first few months you are receiving the medicine.

If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Men may have a reduced sperm count while they are taking this medicine. Talk to your health care professional for more information.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting certain kinds of cancer. Talk to your doctor about healthy lifestyle choices, important screenings, and your risk.

               
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