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Azarid 50 mg Tablet

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Introduction of Azarid Tablet

Azarid 50 mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called immunosuppressants. It’s used with other medicines to prevent your body rejecting an organ (such as a kidney, heart or liver) after a transplant. It works by weakening your body’s immune system, so it doesn’t attack the new organ.

Azarid 50 mg Tablet has many potential side effects. The most common are nausea, fungal infection, bacterial infection, changes in the number of white blood cells and low blood platelets. Because it suppresses your immune system, you may catch more infections than usual. There’s also an increased risk of developing some cancers for this reason. To reduce your risk of skin cancer, limit your exposure to the sun and use protective cream. There’s a long list of potential side effects. You should ask your doctor about them and what signs to look out for because some can be serious and need urgent medical attention.

The amount of this medicine you take and how often you take it depends on the type of transplant you have. Follow your doctor’s instructions on this. You should take it along with food. Swallow it as a whole – don’t crush, chew, break or open them. Take the medicine regularly to get the most benefit and keep taking it even if you feel well. If you stop taking it, you may increase the chances of rejecting your transplanted organ. The treatment will continue for as long as you need it to prevent rejection. You could attend a transplant education class or support group to help you recognise the signs of rejection.

Azarid 50 mg Tablet can cause birth defects and miscarriages so do not take it if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any signs of infection, if you have any unexpected bruising or bleeding and if you’ve ever had a problem with your digestive system. Your doctor also needs to know what other medicines you’re taking as there are many which interact with this medicine and affect the way it works. You’ll have regular tests to check for any changes in the number of your blood cells.

Azarid Tablet side effects

  • Nausea
  • Fungal infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection
  • Decreased white blood cell count
  • Low blood platelets

How to use Azarid Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Azarid 50 mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Azarid Tablet works

Azarid 50 mg Tablet is an immunosuppressant. It reduces the action of body's own defense system (the immune system) and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ. It also blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, swelling, and redness associated with certain joint diseases.

Azarid Tablet related warnings

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Azarid 50 mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Azarid 50 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Azarid 50 mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
It is not known whether Azarid 50 mg Tablet alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Azarid 50 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Azarid 50 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Azarid 50 mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with serious kidney disease.
Azarid 50 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Azarid 50 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Azarid 50 mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease. Regular monitoring of liver function tests is advisable while you are taking this medicine.

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Expert Advice

  • Your doctor has prescribed Azarid 50 mg Tablet to stop the body from rejecting a transplanted organ (e.g. kidney, heart or liver).
  • Azarid 50 mg Tablet also relieves joint pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You may have to take additional medications along with Azarid 50 mg Tablet for better relief of symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with people who have cold, flu or other contagious illness. Notify your doctor if you have any signs of infection such as a fever or sore throat.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Azarid with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Lefsum, Lefunid
Brand(s): Urinol, Zeric, Seloric
Brand(s): Enatol, AB-Pril, Inopril
Brand(s): Topram, Rigapril, Ram

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Azarid

I have stop tablet for last six months for Rhematology , but today had a serious pain in left hand , what is tablets now ?
Dr. Vipul Aggarwal
Bone & Joint Specialist
u are not supposed to stop treatment all of a sudden if u are taking it for rheumatoid arthritis u can take tab etoshine 90 mg sosbetter get a follow up down its ur docotor
My mother is suffering from interstitial lung dieses and she is taking azithioprine 50mg and prednisolone 10 mg from last 4 years .she is feeling we try to reduce the dose but after reducing the dose coughing gets started.kindly tell us that is their any permanent solution of this dieses or any medicine which you want to add?kindly give your feedback on my email id.thanksNON SPECIFIC INTERSTITIAL PNEUMONITIS- CAUSE RHEMATOID ARTHRITIS DIABETES MELLITUS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITISReport of ct hogh resolution thorex LUNGS AND PLEURA: * Irregular reticular lines, ground glass opacity and architectural distortion in the form of traction bronchiolectasis, with basal and subpleural predominance * Pleural thickening near sites of parenchymal involvement TRACHEA AND MAIN BRONCHI: nil significant ADENOPATHY: * Mediastinal nodes up to 9 mm CARDIA AND GREAT VESSELS: nil significant * MPA - 20 mm ESOPHAGUS, THYMUS: nil significant CHEST WALL: nil significant BONES: degenerative changes of spine VISUALIZED UPPER ABDOMEN: No focal lesions in liver / spleen /adrenals / pancreas IMPRESSION: --- Overall features of mild disease regressionSpirometry test report excludes an obstructive ventilatory defect at the time of testing. The low FVC is suggestive of restrictive process.Would suggest testing lung volumes and DLCO for confirmation and quantification, if clinically indicated.
Dr. Anshum Aneja Arora
Lungs Specialist
Your mother is suffering from Rheumatoid - arthritis induced ILD. Since ILD occuring secondary to a disease requires complete control of underlying diseas, it is important that your mother is seen by a rheumatologist as well as Pulmonologist.A rheumatologist may add further treatment which in turn also prevents progression of ILD. also, DLCO testing is important.Further treatment options are available. U can get her reviewed .PLease read : for more information on ILD
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Q. What is Azarid prescribed for? How does it work?

Azarid is an immunosuppressant which means that it acts by suppressing the immune defence system of the body. Your immune defence system helps to protect you against infections. However, sometimes your immune defence system can become overactive and can cause illness. Azarid is used in combination with other medicines to treat the conditions caused due to this abnormal activity of the immune system. It is used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, like kidney, heart or liver. It is also used to treat chronic active hepatitis, severe rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and acquired hemolytic anemia. It is also used to treat severe cases of specified skin diseases (pemphigus vulgaris, dermatomyositis, polyarteritis nodosa, pyoderma gangrenosa), especially when corticosteroids cannot be used.

Q. How long does Azarid take to start working?

It may take about 3 to 12 weeks before you see any benefits. Continue the medication even if you do not notice any benefits. Talk to your doctor if you face any issues.

Q. What happens if I forget to take Azarid?

If you miss a dose of Azarid, take it as soon as you remember. However, skip the missed dose if it is time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose. inform your doctor if the dose is frequently missed.

Q. How long do I need to take azathioprine?

The duration varies from person to person as it is prescribed depending upon the patient’s medical condition.

Q. Is breastfeeding safe during azathioprine treatment?

No, breastfeeding should be avoided, while on azathioprine, since it may harm the baby and cause serious side effects.

Q. I have just started taking azathioprine. What are the long-term side effects? Is there anything I should be looking out for?

Being an immunosuppressant, azathioprine can increase the chances of severe infections, decrease in blood cell counts, and malignancy. You should inform your doctor immediately if you notice any infection or fever, unexpected bruising or bleeding, black tarry stools or blood in the urine or stools. Let your doctor know if you notice any new skin sore or lump, new marks on skin or any change in the marks which were previously present.

Q. Do I need any special tests while I am on azathioprine?

Azathioprine reduces the production of blood cells making you more vulnerable to infections and can sometimes affect the liver. These side effects can be monitored by regular blood tests. Therefore, during the first 8 weeks of the treatment your doctor may recommend weekly blood tests to monitor complete blood counts, including platelet counts. The frequency can later be reduced to monthly or at least once in 3 months time.

Q. Can azathioprine cause cancer?

Azathioprine may increase the chance of developing certain cancers like skin cancer, cancer of the lymph system (lymphoma), cancer of soft tissues (sarcomas), and cervical cancer. To prevent the risk of skin cancer, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your skin or any lumps or masses anywhere on your body.

Q. Can cyclosporine and azathioprine be taken together?

Yes, you can take cyclosporine and azathioprine together as they do not interfere with each other’s working. However, you must take the two medicines strictly as per your doctor’s advice.

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