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WHAT IS AZATHIOPRINE?
Azathioprine lowers your body's immune system. The immune system helps your body fight infections. The immune system can also fight or "reject" a transplanted organ such as a liver or kidney. This is because the immune system treats the new organ as an invader.
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant, which is used to prevent rejection of an organ transplant (e.g kidney transplant). It is also used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthiritis. It is also used for certain types of intestinal diseases ( colitis) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using azathioprine and call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms of lymphoma:
fever, night sweats, weight loss, tiredness; feeling full after eating only a small amount;
pain in your upper stomach that may spread to your shoulder; or easy bruising or bleeding, pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate.
Azathioprine may cause a serious viral infection of the brain that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have any change in your mental state, decreased vision, or problems with speech or walking. These symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly.
Also call your doctor at once if you have:
signs of infection (fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, weakness, muscle pain, flu symptoms);
severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; pain or burning with urination; white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; or
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
mild upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
hair loss; or skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) in a dry place and protect from light.