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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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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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What is the generic form of Purinethol (mercaptopurine)?

Mercaptopurine: Generic mercaptopurine is marketed in the US under the brand names Purinethol or Purixan. ...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 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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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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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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Can I take a lysine supplement while taking mercaptopurine daily?

Can I take a lysine supplement while taking mercaptopurine daily?

Yes.: I am not able to locate any literature to suggest there is a contra-indication or interaction between lysine and mercaptopurine. ...Read more

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My recent I.T. Procedure and triple dose of vincristine, methotrexate, and mercaptopurine gives me a strong headache when not lying down. Why?

My recent I.T. Procedure and triple dose of vincristine, methotrexate, and mercaptopurine gives me a strong headache when not lying down. Why?

Spinal headache: Spinal headaches can occur after lumbar punctures and are associated with headache when standing. They usually resolve after a few days, but occasionally persist due to leakage of CSF from the puncture site. Our practice is to treat these with IV caffeine and IV hydration and if not better then rarely our anesthesiologist places a "blood bandage" using the patient's blood to plug the hole. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get pregnant while taking mercaptopurine for ulcerative colitis?

Is it safe to get pregnant while taking mercaptopurine for ulcerative colitis?

Generally yes: Mercaptopurine or 6-mp (and related azathiprine, aza) are sometimes used in the treatment of ibd - they have been assigned to pregnancy category d by the fda, since early reports of receiving 6-mp in the first trimester appeared to have an increased incidence of abortions. However recent studies concluded that aza and 6-mp are safe and well tolerated during pregnancy. See your OB md for advice. ...Read more

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I have just been prescribed predisolone and mercaptopurine for Chrons. Can I also take Biotin for hair, skin and nails or will there be a reaction?

I have just been prescribed predisolone and mercaptopurine for Chrons. Can I also take Biotin for hair, skin and nails or will there be a reaction?

Biotin not useful: Taking biotin will not help your hair or nails. You should not take any medication, over the counter drugs, herbals etc without consulting your doctor.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if I'm taking asacol, (mesalamine) mercaptopurine, prednisone, and celexa?

Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if I'm taking asacol, (mesalamine) mercaptopurine, prednisone, and celexa?

Yes: Alcohol depletes serotonin making Celexa (citalopram) not work. Alcohol causes diahrea and irritates your bowel (you apparently have inflamatory bowel problem from your meds) do you think a few hours of alcohol high is worth days to weeks of agony from ibs and depression? ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is equivalent to covance d?

What medication is equivalent to covance d?

Yes: Covance d is a combination of losartan and hydrochlorthiazide- a diuretic). There are a number of such combinations for the treatment of hypertension. If this is a question of your co-pay, ask your physician about generic alternatives. ...Read more

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What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more

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What medication need to be taken for acidity?

What medication need to be taken for acidity?

Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more

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Would it be okay if I use hash as medication?

Would it be okay if I use hash as medication?

Condition?: There are some conditions that medical marijuana is helpful for. However there can be significant problems related to cannabis use. Thus, would only consider this when prescribed or directed by a physician who is knowledgable in this area. Take care. ...Read more

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