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Generic Name: Azathioprine
Product Name: Azahexal


Azathioprine is used for the following conditions:Suppression of the immune system in:



Azathioprine suppresses the immune system and reduces inflammation.

Dose advice

  • The hematologic response should be monitored to guide dosing. Bone marrow suppression will limit the dose that can be given.
  • The initial recommended dose is 2-3 mg/kg once daily given either orally or intravenously.
  • Maintenance dosing is 1-3 mg/kg or the minimum dose required to control the disease or prevent transplant rejection.
  • Renal impairment: Dose reductions may be necessary.
  • Hepatic impairment: Dose reductions may be necessary.



Common side effects

Uncommon side effects

  • Hepatitis.
  • Severe anaemia.
  • Pancreatitis.Allergic reactions such as:
  • Fevers.
  • Rigors.
  • Muscle and joint aches.
  • Rash.
  • Cough.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Abnormal liver function.
  • Abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Kidney dysfunction.
  • Increased risk of skin cancers and certain other types of cancer.

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 31 October, 2015


Created by: myVMC