What is Imuran prescribed for?
Azathioprine (Imuran®) is a medication that treats diseases that have to do with your immune system. It’s been used in some patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), usually if they have problems with standard FDA-approved medications for their MS.
Does azathioprine cause bruising?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: unusual bleeding or bruising; excessive tiredness; pale skin; headache; confusion; dizziness; fast heartbeat; difficulty sleeping; weakness; shortness of breath; and sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection.
Does Imuran weaken your immune system?
Azathioprine can lower your immune system and increase your risk of getting infections. Notify your doctor if you have signs or symptoms of an infection and avoid people with contagious diseases. Azathioprine may cause a decrease in your blood count, such as white blood cells and platelets.
How safe is Imuran?
Patients receiving immunosuppressants, including Imuran, are at increased risk for bacterial, viral, fungal,protozoal, and opportunistic infections, including reactivation of latent infections. These infections may lead to serious, including fatal outcomes.
Does Imuran make you gain weight?
No, Imuran (azathioprine) itself is not causing your weight gain. Perhaps the drug is sufficiently controlling the disease to allow for more complete food absorption. If you’re concerned about your weight, note that most weight reduction diets are well-tolerated in Crohn’s disease patients.
Should I take Imuran in the morning or at night?
Azathioprine is usually given once a day. This can be in the morning OR the evening. Your doctor may tell you to give it twice a day. This should be once in the morning and once in the evening.
Is Imuran hard on your liver?
Glutathione helps protect your liver and is also important for safely removing Imuran from your body. When there’s no more glutathione left in your liver, both alcohol and Imuran can damage liver cells, which can lead to serious health problems.
How long can you stay on azathioprine?
How long will I be taking it? If tolerated, you will probably be on azathioprine for up to 5 years. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to, even if you feel well.
What happens when you stop taking Imuran?
If you stop taking it suddenly: If you’re taking this drug for a kidney transplant and you stop taking it suddenly, you may experience transplant rejection and kidney failure. If you’re taking this drug for rheumatoid arthritis and you stop taking it suddenly, your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may come back again.
Can you take vitamin D with azathioprine?
Interactions between your drugs No interactions were found between azathioprine and Vitamin D3. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.