Mercaptopurine

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
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Available Medicine for Mercaptopurine

6-MPZydus Cadila
721 variant(s)
CaptomerNeon Laboratories Ltd
501 variant(s)
MercaptholArvind Laboratories Pvt Ltd
751 variant(s)
Puri NetholGlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
801 variant(s)
MercaptoChandra Bhagat Pharma Pvt Ltd
951 variant(s)
EmpurineDabur India Ltd
1141 variant(s)
PurinetoneVhb Life Sciences Inc
1501 variant(s)

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.

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