What is Azathioprine (Azathioprine) used for?
Azathioprine (Azathioprine) is an oral immunosuppressant used to prevent the rejection of organs in patients who have had a recent transplant. The medication operates by reducing the effectiveness of the immune system to prevent it from attacking foreign tissues in the body. This action may also make it useful for treating other conditions such as severe rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory skin disease, inflammatory muscle disease, arterial inflammation, or active chronic autoimmune hepatitis. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Azathioprine (Azathioprine)?
Strictly follow your physician's instructions while using Azathioprine (Azathioprine) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is usually taken once or twice daily, but your individual dosage will be based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and taken along with a meal to prevent nausea. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets before use to prevent unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Azathioprine (Azathioprine)?
Side effects that may occur while using Azathioprine (Azathioprine) include:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are severe nausea, vomiting, signs of infection, sores appearing inside the mouth, painful urination, or signs of lymphoma. Tell your physician as soon as you encounter any severe or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent further complications.
Before beginning the use of Azathioprine (Azathioprine), inform your physician if you have a TPMT deficiency, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function as these may cause complications during treatment requiring alterations to your dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Azathioprine (Azathioprine). 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.