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    Information about Mercaptopurine

    Mercaptopurine uses

    Mercaptopurine is used in the treatment of blood cancer.

    How mercaptopurine works

    Mercaptopurine interferes with the growth of DNA and RNA of the cancer cells by substituting their building blocks. It prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

    Common side effects of mercaptopurine

    Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Intestinal ulcer, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Increased bilirubin in the blood, Low blood platelets, Increased transaminase level in blood, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    21 Feb 2020 | 12:19 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Mercaptopurine

    • Mercaptopurine is used for the treatment of cancer of the blood.
    • Take it with or without food.
    • Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
    • Your doctor may get regular blood and urine tests done to monitor your blood cells, kidney and liver function during treatment with this medicine.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, rash or severe diarrhea.

    Frequently asked questions for Mercaptopurine


    Q. Is Mercaptopurine a steroid?

    No, Mercaptopurine is not a steroid

    Q. Is Mercaptopurine safe?

    Mercaptopurine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Does Mercaptopurine affect fertility?

    Mercaptopurine may cause loss of fertility.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)