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What is the definition or description of: Imuran (azathioprine) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Imuran (azathioprine) allergy?

Imuran allergy: There is no specific symptoms of allergy to azathioprine. Patients may have reactions to the drug that include nausea, diarrhea, GI distress, liver function abnormalities, or rash. Depending on why the drug is being use to treat a rheumatologic or other disorder for example, we'll also determine the specific side effect profile and how it is treated. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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What is the definition or description of: Azathioprine allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Azathioprine allergy?

Azathioprine allergy: Azathioprine is a drug used routinely by rheumatologist for a number of inflammatory conditions. In rare cases, it may be associated with side effects which include stomach upset, changes in blood count, or changes in liver function tests. Even more rare, patients may develop a true allergic reaction. This may be manifested by a rash, facial swelling, or other changes. If you are concerned, I would be happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Azasan (azathioprine) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Azasan (azathioprine) allergy?

Azasan allergy: Allergic to alaskan. You are taking up valuable time from patients who have serious questions. I am reporting you again. Find other things to do. Please. ...Read more

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Can children use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Can children use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Yes: It was used in organ transplants....it is still used in many countries.....here we have better drugs....though in selected few cases Imuran (azathioprine) still prescribed ...Read more

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How does imuran (azathioprine) work?

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

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Who should not use Imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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Are imuran (azathioprine) tablets effective?

Quite Effective: Imuran (azathioprine) is usually prescribed as an immune suppressant in transplant patients, for rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's and ulcerative colitis. It has been found to be quite effective in these conditions. ...Read more

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What are the side ffects and warning on the medicine imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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What are the side effects of imuran (azathioprine)?

Immunosuppression: Immunosuppression can lead to mulitple problems; delayed wound healing, problems with infections, increased risks of certain types of cancers, anemia and GI upset. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from imuran (azathioprine)?

It is dose dependent: The toxicity depends how much you are taking and how long..... It also depends what other med you are on i.e. Med for gout.....if you are with antigout....bone marrow suppression can be a serious condition.. ......infection, liver function alteration, cancer etc.....low dose should not be a problem and are given for many conditions and patient can be on for long time with regular follow ups ...Read more

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How effective is imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's disease?

Sometimes: Imuran (azathioprine) seems to be effective in a small subset of patients with Crohn's (likely fewer than 40%). At the moment it's difficult to predict who will respond in the long term. But as it can be safely used with monitoring, it's often worth trying. ...Read more

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How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating uveitis?

How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating uveitis?

Effective: But so are many other drugs! Prednisone, cyclosporin, Humira, Simponi, etc! ...Read more

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I have frequent boils while on imuran (azathioprine). What could it be?

I have frequent boils while on imuran (azathioprine). What could it be?

Might be your: Imuran. Do not know the condition being treated. I have not seen this in my patients, but it can weaken your ability to fight infection! It might also be part of your underyling disease. See your doctor! ...Read more

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My temperature is 97.6 and I'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should I be concerned?

No fever: 97.6 is not a fever and it is also not abnormally low. Taking Imuran (azathioprine) is serious business and you need to be monitored by your doctor but the temperature that you list it not a concern. If you have symptoms of being ill, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Does imuran (azathioprine) cause tiredness?

Does imuran (azathioprine) cause tiredness?

No: The most common side effects of Imuran (azathioprine) are nausea/vomiting (~12%) which may be accompanied by malaise, diarrhea. Drowsiness is really not common with this drug. This drug is used for many conditions, so the drowsiness may also be a result of other conditions. Please see your doctor for evaluation and continuous care. Take care. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Can pregnant women use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Absolutely not!: It is and severe feto-toxin and will cause you to miscarry! ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription for Imuran (azathioprine)?

Imuran (azathioprine): Yes, Imuran (azathioprine) requires a prescription.

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How effective is Azathioprine (Imuran) for treating lupus?

How effective is Azathioprine (Imuran) for treating lupus?

Moderately: It depends on the manifestation you are treating. Azathioprine is reasonably effective overall. ...Read more

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Would imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's disease be a good idea?

Would imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's disease be a good idea?

Generally Yes: Azathioprine (imuran) is generally effective at treating crohn's, keeping people off steroids, and preventing flares. It requires monitoring. It's generally considered first line treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about taking imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's diseaes?

Good drug for some: Imuran (azathioprine) is a good drug for some types of patients. It is an immune suppressing drug and the drug concentrations in the blood stream need to be monitored. It is taken every day. It takes about 6 weeks to really start working so it is not a great drug to "rescue" you from a crohn's flare. It is best used as a maintenance medication (i.e. Maintaining remission). ...Read more

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Can imuran (azathioprine) taken for scleritis cause very low iron count?

Possibly: There have been some case reports of azathioprine possibly causing anemia. ...Read more

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Dads got pneumonia. Is it possible for my daughter who's on imuran (azathioprine) to catch it?

She should be safe: Common bacterial pneumonia is not contagious. It's caused by microbes that are usually normal body flora. Some of the viral pneumonias / chest colds are catching but not any more dangerous to someone on Imuran (azathioprine) than any other mild viral infection. ...Read more

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Am on 150 mg of imuran, (azathioprine) had mild tonsillitis for 3 weeks. Getting better slowly. What to do?

Imuran (azathioprine): Why are on you Imuran (azathioprine)? If your symptoms are getting better and have no fever and labs are stable you can continue Imuran (azathioprine). I am hoping you had labs done including a complete blood count. You should also be examined by your doc and get tested. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long does it take for imuran and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) to clear up from your system after taking them for 1 month?

Half life: Hi, imuran has a very short half-life about 5-6 hours therefore it clears from body so quickly but Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) half-life is 30-50 days so it could stay in the body for long time. ...Read more

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How long does it take for imuran and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) to completely leave your system if you stop them after taking thrm for 1 month??

Med clearance: Medicine elimination incorporates liver and kidney clearance pathways. Imuran is cleared in 5 days but its bone marrow effects can linger longer - up to 15-20 days. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is also cleared in about 5 days, and its biological effects dissipate over 7-10 days. ...Read more

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After imuran, (azathioprine) what is the next step?

It depends: If you're allergic, Methotrexate may be ok. For crohn's, if you have a stricture, surgery may be needed. If you have ongoing inflammation or a fistula, Infliximab is probably next. ...Read more

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Can someone give me information on imuran (azathioprine)?

Can someone give me information on imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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Is imuran/azathioprine a type of chemotherapy drug?

Azathioprine: Not technically a chemotherapy drug more like an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Can Imuran (azathioprine) cause gallbladder problems?

Can Imuran (azathioprine) cause gallbladder problems?

Not usually: The immunosuppressive agent can cause toxicity to the liver but not usually the gallbladder. You should discuss with the doctor prescribing the medicine for you. ...Read more

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Azathioprine (Definition)

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Imuran (Definition)

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