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.
Suppress immune sys. Imuran (azathioprine) is one of the original immune suppressants. Azathioprine is used with other medications to prevent transplant rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system) in people who received kidney transplants. It is also used to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis see http://www.Drugs.Com/pro/imuran.Html.
Methotrexate inj controls my condition but gives me such bad diarrhea for 2 days after inj I can't leave home. Do I just tolerate? Md suggested imuran (azathioprine).
Get 2nd opinion. Get a 2nd opinion in person, not just online like this. Both Methotrexate & Imuran (azathioprine) are immunosuppressants. As such, there are many risks as well as desired benefits. You didn't mention why you're taking mtx but it's important to discuss all your options w/your physicians(s), including newer versions if appropriate for your condition. Check out www.Drugs.Com for more info re drugs. Read more...