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Azathioprine is used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs and for cases of severe arthritis that do not respond to other therapies.


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Azathioprine is used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs and for cases of severe arthritis that do not respond to other therapies.

  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.

  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


How To Use
  • Azathioprine tablets should be taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
  • Take Azathioprine exactly as prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking the medication without your doctor s approval.

Side Effects
  • Nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite or diarrhea may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
  • Unlikely but report promptly: hair loss, unusual fatigue, stomach pain, joint or muscle pain, vision changes.
  • Very unlikely but report promptly: yellowing of eyes or skin, darkened urine, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual lumps or growths.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Azathioprine, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before you take azathioprine, tell your doctor your medical history especially if you have: liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, any infection, any allergies.
  • Azathioprine can increase your risk of developing an infection.
  • Notify your doctor at the first sign of a possible infection (fever, persistent sore throat).
  • Azathioprine is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using it.
  • Azathioprine is excreted into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding while using Azathioprine is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you take this once daily and miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered but not if it is almost time for the next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose and resume regular schedule.
  • Do not double-up the dose to catch up.
  • If you take this several times daily and miss one dose, take it as soon as you can or double-up the very next dose.
  • If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor.
  • You may need to have your dosing schedule adjusted.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all drugs you may use, (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: blood thinners (e.g., warfarin, heparins), allopurinol, drugs affecting bone marrow (e.g., cotrimoxazole, numerous anti-cancer drugs), "alkylating type cancer drugs (e.g., chlorambucil, melphalan, cyclosporine), ACE inhibitors (e.g., lisinopril).
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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