Mercaptopurine is used in the treatment of acute lymphatic leukaemia (cancer of white blood cells), Crohn's disease (inflammatory disorder affecting gastrointestinal tract).
How it works
Mercaptopurine belongs to a group of purine antagonists and immunosuppressant. It prevents the growth and spread of the cancer cells.
Common side effects
Nausea, Acute toxicity, Chills, Cough, Rash, Stomach upset, Vomiting, Fatigue
- Do not drink milk or consume milk product while taking mercaptopurine.
- Do not consume alcohol or alcoholic beverages while undergoing treatment with mercaptopurine as it may worsen the side effects.
- Inform your doctor if you are suffering conditions like chickenpox, infections, and kidney or liver diseases.
- Inform doctors that you are taking mercaptopurine if you are planning to undergo surgery, including dental surgery.
- Stop taking mercaptopurine and inform your doctor if you see signs of infection, bleeding issues like blood spots in stools and skin.
- Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- Do not take if allergic to mercaptopurine or any of its ingredients.
- Do not take if patient Breastfeeding women.
Frequently asked questions
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.