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    Information about Azathioprine

    Azathioprine uses

    Azathioprine is used in organ transplantation, nephrotic syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

    How azathioprine works

    Azathioprine suppresses the activity of body's 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.

    Common side effects of azathioprine

    Nausea, Fungal infection, Bacterial infection, Viral infection, Decreased white blood cell count, Reduced blood platelets

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    Expert advice for Azathioprine

    • Azathioprine can cause birth defects so avoid pregnancy while using it or consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. 
    • While taking Azathioprine, your body is more prone  to infections; so be sure to wash your hands often and keep distance from with people who are sick.
    • Avoid excessive exposure to sun and wear a sunscreen, sunglasses and appropriate clothing wile going out in the sun.
    • Do not start or continue azathioprine and consult your doctor:if you are allergic to azathioprine.

    Frequently asked questions for Azathioprine


    Q. Is Azathioprine safe to use?
    Azathioprine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
    Q. What is Azathioprine?
    No. Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant, used in organ transplantation and rheumatoid arthritis.
    Q. Does Azathioprine work in colitis?
    Yes, Azathioprine is recommended in the treatment of certain type of colitis such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Talk to your doctor for any treatment to be given in these conditions.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)