What is Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) used for?
Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) is an oral cancer medication used to treat acute leukemia or chronic myeloid leukemia. It operates by slowing the growth and spread of cancer cells allowing other procedures to be performed to eliminate any remaining masses. It may also be effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Your physician may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Merpurin (Mercaptopurine)?
Strictly follow your physician's instructions while using Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered each day. Your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, and symptom severity. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a meal or snack is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Do not split or chew the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. You are recommended to increase your water intake to reduce the chance of kidney problems such as kidney stones. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Merpurin (Mercaptopurine)?
The use of Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician as soon as possible if any serious or intense side effects occur including fever, flu symptoms, intense fatigue, sensitive skin, easier bruising, intense vomiting, severe diarrhea, darkened urine, discolored stools, jaundice, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced dosages, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also inform your physician if you have a thiopurine methyltransferase deficiency, liver disease, reduced liver function, or decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Merpurin (Mercaptopurine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.