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A 41-year-old member asked:

can someone give me information on imuran (azathioprine)?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Suppress immune sys: Imuran (azathioprine) is one of the original immune suppressants. Azathioprine is used with other medications to prevent transplant rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system) in people who received kidney transplants. It is also used to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis see http://www.Drugs.Com/pro/imuran.Html.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Blocks immunity: Imuran (azathioprine) is an immunosuppressive drug that works by blocking the proliferation of activated immune white blood cells (lymphocytes, monocytes, granulocytes, etc.). It is used to treat autoimmune diseases and less so transplant rejection. It can cause bone marrow suppression, liver toxicity, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, etc. You should discuss any side effects with your doctor.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know the side effects of azathioprine?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Azathioprine info: Open this link for more info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682167.Html.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know the side effects of stopping imuran (azathioprine) all at once?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Disease may flare: Imuran (azathioprine) is a non specific immunosuppressive drug used in several autoimmune diseases (i.e. Inflammatory bowel disease) and transplant rejection. It usually suppresses the formation of white blood cells. If suddenly stopped the reason it was prescribed may suddenly flare. You should discuss changing the dose with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Any side effects of azathioprine?

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Dr. George Loss
Transplant Surgery 33 years experience
Many: It is an immunosuppressive agent so infections can occur. Gi symptoms such as nausea and vomiting and diarrhea are reported. Bone marrow suppression and pancreatitis are other severe known complications associated with this agent. Cancers (especially skin cancers) are more common in people taking immunosuppression drugs.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can I conceive while my husband is taking azathioprine?

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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Azathioprine: Yes. It is a medication that will decrease his immune response, but should not affect his fertility.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is azathioprine safe?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Yes but: It is a potent medication with potential side effects and long term risks that should be discussed with your doctor. That being said, it is given for serious disease which, if untreated, have their own complications and issues. As is everything in medicine, it is a risk-benefit ratio to decide on using a particular medication or not.

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