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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

Azathioprine Allergy (Definition)

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

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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Since methotrexate and imuran (azathioprine) are not working on scleritis I have what is the next step in terms of medicine.

Since methotrexate and imuran (azathioprine) are not working on scleritis I have what is the next step in terms of medicine.

See below: It depends if you have coexisting autoimmune disease present such as rheumatoid as it may which medication can be used. Cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) biologics, prednisone, and others could be used. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if I get pregnant while my husband is taking medicine like imuran (azathioprine) everyday? Will my baby be healthy n normal? As my husband has Crohn's

Is it a problem if I get pregnant while my husband is taking medicine like imuran (azathioprine) everyday? Will my baby be healthy n normal? As my husband has Crohn's

Data unclear: The data is limited and unclear. Most studies show no increase, but one showed a slight increase in congenital malformations. It is therefore difficult to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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When did the drug azathioprine become available?

Early 1960s: It was there before;however, in particular the transplant community started using it from early 60s ...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 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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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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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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My rheumatologist added few medicines to treat my sle, imuran, (azathioprine) stresstabs with zinc & methycobal 500ug injection, wht r these med? Any side effects?

My rheumatologist added few medicines to treat my sle, imuran, (azathioprine) stresstabs with zinc & methycobal 500ug injection, wht r these med? Any side effects?

Therapy: Lupus needs to be treated according the need. If you need steroids, inmuran may be used to decrease the dosage of steroids. It could be used for blood disease renal disease or others. ...Read more

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Lupus/150mg azathioprine. Low rbc. WBC 3.4. mcv high (101)...high mch (34). high rdw (16) concern or is side effect of medicine? My vit b is normal.

Suspect medication: I would first suspect medication. As you know we can find some of the same findings in people with lupus. It depends what your physician has noted before youyou started azathioprine your serial blood studies have shown ...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 is the generic form of Imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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Has anyone with chrons disease taken azathioprine?

Yes: I prescribe it for many of my patients and it is generally effective and well tolerated. ...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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What is the price range of azathioprine (imurel) in usa?

See below: 60 50mg generic azothioprin range from 30+ dollars at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid to 24-25 dollars at Walmart and Target. ...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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Do you need a prescription for Imuran (azathioprine)?

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

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Can I conceive while my husband is taking azathioprine?

Can I conceive while my husband is taking azathioprine?

Azathioprine: Yes. It is a medication that will decrease his immune response, but should not affect his fertility. ...Read more

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How does azathioprine work after a renal transplantation?

How does azathioprine work after a renal transplantation?

OK, but not great: Azathioprine (aza) was the mainstay of drug therapy from the early 1960's to the early 1980's. It works primarily by preventing t-cells from getting excited, multiplying, and attacking the graft. One-year graft survival using aza was approximately 50% while more modern drugs used today result in 95% survival. ...Read more

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Azathioprine (Definition)

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