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See details: Grapefruit contains a substance which blocks an enzyme important for the metabolism of the medication. ...Read more
I have been on imuran (azathioprine) 50 mg for about 2 months, how long do people usually stay on this medication, because it has many side effects and I am worried?
Crohn's dosease: Depends on the relief of symptoms called remission. The remission time is different in person to person. Looks like you have flare or relapse because you are taking other meds as well. Your doctor would evaluate the status of crohn's disease time to time and adjust the treatment accordingly. ...Read more
How long does it take for myasthenia gravis symptoms to go away on medications like prednisolone, azathioprine?
Working meds: It depends on the half life of the medication and your own body's ability to metabolize the medication and utilize it for its purpose. Your pharmacist can be very helpful with this tyoe of information as well as the package insert. Well wishes and do not delay an office visit if symptoms show no improvement. ...Read more
Dx of pancreatic insufficiency. On imuran (azathioprine) and prednisolone (for aied, history of uc), is there any point getting igg4 levels done if on these medication?
Is it okay to take over-the-counter anxiety medication (valerian root extract and hops extract) with azathioprine and mesalazine?
Do medications (eg: lyrica, (pregabalin) prednisone, methotrexate, azathioprine) have any effect on a skin test for small fiber neuropathy?
Neuropathy test: None of these should affect the test. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Imuran (azathioprine): "Azathioprine (Imuran (azathioprine)) is a drug used to treat swelling and pain in arthritis. The most common diseases treated with Imuran (azathioprine) are dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis. It belongs to a class of medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immunosuppressants. This class of medicines can decrease joint damage and disability" ...Read more
Reduce WBC: Azathioprin (imuran) lowers the white blood cell (WBC) count. Wbcs are part of the immune system that fight infection, but also cause inflammation of crohn's, colitis, etc. The goal of Imuran (azathioprine) is to lower the WBC enough to stop the inflammation, but not enough to result in serious infections. That is why routine blood work monitoring is important. ...Read more
Imuran (azathioprine): "IMURAN (azathioprine) should not be given to patients who have shown hypersensitivity to the drug. IMURAN (azathioprine) should not be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis in pregnant women. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis previously treated with alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil, melphalan, or others) may have a prohibitive risk of malignancy if treated with IMURAN (azathioprine)." See: ...Read more
Azathioprine!: You said it. Imuran has a generic! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Genetic mutation: Azathioprine (Imuran (azathioprine)) is apurine antimetabolite, immnosupressive agent used after transplantation, if it is the case it is safer than other drugs. It is also used for other diseases like inflamatory bowel dis, rheumatoid arthritis etc, then alternative medication to be used. It can not be used in pregnancy, it has mutagnic potential, potential to develop maligencies, . ...Read more
Low blood counts: The commonest reason to lower the dose is decreased white cell count. Caancers particularly skin cancer are increased in patient using Imuran (azathioprine) after organ transplantation. This is seen after several years on the drug and an annual dermatological check is recommended. ...Read more
How much time does it take for imuran/azathioprine to completely leave your body after stopping the medicine?
Drug elimination: Well.....it will depend on few factors.....how your liver and kidneys are....remember this drug has a very short half live.... Around 5 hours.....but its toxicity will depend on what other medications you are on while on imuran (azathioprine)....for example antigout drug allopurinol.....even aspirine or antihypertensive meds for example commonly used and very good drug losartan....none in few hours in your blood ...Read more
Can you have withdrawel from azathioprine. I usally take 3 a day but only managed to take one. Please reply as im worried?
No: No known withdrawal to worry about.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have been on azathioprine 4 some time now but recently noticed little iches known and again? Could it b the azathioprine doyou think?
Azathioprine; itchng: Itching may be coincidental rather than effect of med. What other meds/supplements do u use? New soap/detergent/perfume/etc? Any rash? See prescribing doc for eval to determine cause of itch. Otc antihistamine (zyrtec/ allegra/claritin/benadryl) may help in meantime. Also look for signs of skin infxn. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Bone marrow toxicity: Azathioprine is a non specific immunosuppressive drug that works by blocking the proliferation of activated immune white blood cells (lymphocytes, monocytes, granulocytes, etc.). It can cause too much bone marrow suppression, liver toxicity, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, etc. You should discuss any side effects with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: I prescribe it for many of my patients and it is generally effective and well tolerated. ...Read more