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Dr. Corey Clay
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Mercaptopurine (Overview)

Mercaptopurine is an anti-cell breakdown agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

What is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

Increased 6-fold.: Large study showed a 6-fold increased risk of fetal anomalies in women exposed to 6-mp in the first trimester. Anomalies were even more frequent when this drug was used for inflammatory bowel disease (unclear if disease or drug effect). 2nd/3rd trimester exposure may cause low birth weight and poor immune function. Avoid it unless absolutely required! ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Mercaptopurine (Overview)

Mercaptopurine is an anti-cell breakdown agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Is there a generic drug for purinethol (mercaptopurine) and how much is it?

Is there a generic drug for purinethol (mercaptopurine) and how much is it?

Drug costs: Drug costs patient financial assistance plan available? Yes, according to www.Needymeds.Com. See their site for details and application materials. Mercaptopurine manufacturer: roxane 50 mg tabs qty: 30 = $92.99 qty: 90 = $242.98 purinethol manufacturer: gate 50 mg tabs qty: 30 = $207.99 qty: 90 = $590.97 approximate retail price provided by www.Drugstore.Com. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take mercaptopurine while pregnant?

Is it safe to take mercaptopurine while pregnant?

No: Cat. D safety must be weighed against risks benefits. Has been shown harmful. ...Read more

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What are companies that produce purinethol (mercaptopurine)?

Many...: Purinethol is made by teva pharmaceuticals. The generic version, known as mercaptopurine, is made by mylan, inc., prometheus labs, and roxane laboratories. ...Read more

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Is there a generic drug for purinethol (mercaptopurine) and how much is it?

Drug costs: Drug costs patient financial assistance plan available? Yes, according to www.Needymeds.Com. See their site for details and application materials. Mercaptopurine manufacturer: roxane 50 mg tabs qty: 30 = $92.99 qty: 90 = $242.98 purinethol manufacturer: gate 50 mg tabs qty: 30 = $207.99 qty: 90 = $590.97 approximate retail price provided by www.Drugstore.Com. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my back. I take mercaptopurine 20mg due to my Crohn's disease and was wondering if the drug could be the problem, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my back. I take mercaptopurine 20mg due to my Crohn's disease and was wondering if the drug could be the problem, what do you suggest?

Probably not: Back pain is not a common side effect of 6mp. I would look for an alternative source for your pain. Crohns can cause arthritis in your back. Typically this is lower back and sacrum pain. ...Read more

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Is mercaptopurine helpful for joint pain?

Is  mercaptopurine helpful for joint pain?

Maybe: Mercaptopurine is a chemotherapeutic and immunosuppressive drug. It can help people with immune causes of joint pain. Use of this drug requires careful monitoring by an experienced physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take mercaptopurine while pregnant?

No: Cat. D safety must be weighed against risks benefits. Has been shown harmful. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Purinethol (Definition)

Purinethol is an anti-cell breakdown agent which is a ...Read more