Imuran (Azathioprine)

Strength(s): 50 mg

Active Ingredient: Azathioprine



Imuran is generically known as azathioprine. Imuran medication belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. It is typically used in surgical applications to prevent the rejection of kidney transplants by the body. Persons with immune system disorders can order Imuran online or buy it locally as it is a cheap drug available in almost any pharmacy.

It works by weakening the body’s immune system. Imuran reduces the chance of the body developing a severe allergic reaction in response to a graft, implant, transplant or foreign antigen. These drugs are fast acting and reach the point of action relatively soon.

Uses of Imuran drugs

Imuran drugs also help patients suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis. In most such cases, persons who are not responding to other medications mainly Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can use Imuran. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the immune system attacking the joints. Immunosuppressant’s like Imuran help reduce its effects and after that preventing further joint damage.

Imuran reduces chances of an adverse allergic reaction occurring following the introduction of foreign antigens. It is highly applicable in the case of transplants especially kidney transplants.

Side effects of Imuran

Just like any other drug, Imuran medication has the capability to trigger some adverse side effects. The side effects range from severe to mild depending on the fatality of the case.

For instance, long-term use of Imuran may cause stomach ache and tenderness, unusual growths especially in the upper body, persistent itching, unexplained night sweats, signs of infection (like a sore throat, chills, and persistent fever), unusual fatigue and weakness or sudden weight loss.

Contact your doctor immediately upon experiencing any of the above side effects. Individuals who order Imuran online should first seek for a physician’s prescription before beginning taking the drugs. Remember a doctor always weighs the gain over the risk before prescribing any medication to a patient.

Some precautions to take while using Imuran

Before taking Imuran, it is important to let the doctor know of previous allergies, especially of Imuran or mercaptopurine. They have inactive ingredients capable of severe allergic attacks.

Persons who have previously experienced the following disorders should not use Imuran. TPMT deficiency, kidney diseases, blood disorders, liver disease, any history of cancer or bone marrow disorders.

Complications associated with the use of Imuran

Long-term use of Imuran drugs elevates the risk of developing particular types of cancers like skin cancer, leukemia or lymphoma.

TNF blockers like infliximab have the capability of causing adverse drug interaction with Imuran medicines. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any cancer or cancer drugs you are taking.

Imuran also increases the risk of developing cancer cells causing hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL). This type of cancer is common in individuals taking Imuran medications. The cases are usually fatal and mostly occur in teenagers or adults below 30 who have previously experienced ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease.

Imuran may also increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disorders like atherosclerosis, anemias, low platelet or white blood cell levels. It is important to discuss any medical concern with your doctor before beginning taking these drugs.

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