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AZATHIOPRINE (Imuran) [Aye-za-TH-EYE-oh-prin]
How to use this medication
Azathioprine is a medication used to treat rheumatic diseases like lupus. While taking this medicine it is important to have your blood tests done and see your doctor on a regular basis.
The normal dose of azathioprine is between 50 and 200 mg per day. The dose is based on your weight. Azathioprine is available as 50 mg tablets.
It will take 6 to 12 weeks for the azathioprine to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Drinking alcohol while taking azathioprine can harm your liver. It is best to limit or avoid alcohol all together.
Azathioprine can make it harder for you to fight infections. It is best to stop taking it if you have a fever or think you have an infection. Phone your doctor for advice.
Have your blood tested REGULARLY. This is important to make sure azathioprine isn’t affecting your liver or blood counts.
You must not take a medicine for gout called ALLOPURINOL while taking azathioprine.
Side effects & important things to know
Some people can feel sick to their stomach or develop diarrhea when they take azathioprine. Please let your doctor know if this happens.
Azathioprine can rarely cause a rash. Let your doctor know if you develop a rash while taking azathioprine.
Azathioprine can rarely cause thinning of the hair. Let your doctor know if this becomes a problem.
Azathioprine is not normally taken during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant please let your doctor know.
When used for long periods of time, azathioprine may be associated with a small increased risk of skin or blood cancers.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine