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Why can't I eat grapefruit while taking imuran (azathioprine) medication?

Why can't I eat grapefruit while taking imuran (azathioprine) medication?

See details: Grapefruit contains a substance which blocks an enzyme important for the metabolism of the medication. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: If you have elevated igg4, you may have igg4 -related pancreatic autoimmune disease. It that is the case, treatment with Rituxan (rituximab) or other agents used to treat igg4 diseases may help your pancreatic disease. ...Read more

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Daughter with Crohn's has been getting a sore throat for the last year. On imuran and pentasa. Could it be from her medication? Recently started Nexium (esomeprazole)

Daughter with Crohn's has been getting a sore throat for the last year. On imuran and pentasa. Could it be from her medication? Recently started Nexium (esomeprazole)

Probably reflux: She is on the correct med. Pretty reasonable to assume she has reflux. Very common in this situation. Give the medium a chance to work. You can always dial up the dose as well if no progress is made. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some facts I should know about the drug imuran (azathioprine)?

Has side effects: It is a chemotherapy agent. It can cause GI upset, bledding, increased risk for infection. And reduced wound healing. ...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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What are some side effects of prednisone or imuran (azathioprine) (drugs)?

What are some side effects of prednisone or imuran (azathioprine) (drugs)?

Variable: Water retention, affects appetite, increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing to name a few. ...Read more

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What is Imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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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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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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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 is the generic form of Imuran (azathioprine)?

Azathioprine!: You said it. Imuran has a generic! ...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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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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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

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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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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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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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What side effects are associated with Imuran (azathioprine)?

Imuran (azathioprine): See: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/imuran-side-effects. Html

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Can you tell me about side effects on imuran (azathioprine)?

Immune suppression: Imuran (azathioprine) is a medication which suppresses your immune system. This can lead to an increased risk of infections such as viruses and colds. Other side effects are less common, such as nausea and vomiting, suppression of bone marrow function (especially white and red blood cells), pancreas inflammation and liver dysfunction. Long term use may be associated with certain types of cancers (lymphoma, skin) ...Read more

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What are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

What are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

Abdominal pain: Usually pancreatitis presents with abdominal pain, classically described as epigastric pain that radiates to the back. Associated with nausea/vomiting, worsens with fatty food ...Read more

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Has anyone experience with side effects on imuran (azathioprine)?

Bone marrow toxicity: Imuran (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

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Tell me about having MS and taking imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon?

Historical: You bring up an ancient approach to treat ms in the recent past when all we had were self injectable meds. To improve outcomes, a european study looked at better control with betaseron, and added Imuran and steroid pulses. Unfortunately, did not work well and now, we have stopped using this and turned to the newer more potent meds, such as gilenya, tysabri, (natalizumab) and tecfidera. ...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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Can you tell me more about imuran (azathioprine) for tx of Crohn's disease?

Crohn's Disease: There are many treatment including Imuran (azathioprine) or 6-mercaptopurine used in crohn's disease. Http://www. Laendo. Net/english/inflammatory-bowel-disease-88079022. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What sort of side effects might one experience while taking imuran (azathioprine)?

Mostly none: If you're taking Imuran (azathioprine) at the doses used to teat ibd, most have no side effects. Few are allergic and develop pancreatitis. The biggest issue is to monitor blood counts to make sure WBC doesn't go too low, which can lead to serious infections. Occasionally liver enzymes can go up, which is reversible. Very rarely associated with malignancy. You should have tpmt checked before starting. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I'm experiencing are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

How to tell if what I'm experiencing are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

Difficult to tell: It is always difficult to tell what the cause of pancreatitis is which is why a lot of lab work is done. Doctors take a medical history, check triglyceride levels, perform imaging like ultrasound or CT, and review medications. If there is no other explanation and the patient is on a high risk medication known to cause pancreatitis, then we will recommend discontinuing that drug. ...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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Do you need a prescription for Imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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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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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

Dr. Jeremy Adler
131 Doctors shared insights

Imuran (Definition)

Imuran is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more


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