Imuran review

Imuran, an immunosuppressant used to weaken the immune system, also goes by the brand names Imuran and Azasan. This medication is available in tablet form, as an injection, or intravenously. Imuran is administered to patients anticipating an organ transplant or who have already been given a new organ, to help prevent rejection by the immune system. This medication is also given to reduce the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a disorder where the immune system attacks the joints and causes severe pain. Imuran is also used to treat ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that causes pain and diarrhoea in the intestines. Other inflammatory conditions can be treated by Imuran. These include systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory myositisis, inflammatory bowel disease, and vasculitis. A patient's condition usually improves in six to eight weeks, though it can sometimes take up to twelve weeks.

Imuran has some known side effects. The most important one to note is that it can cause a decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. Call your physician immediately if you experience any unusual bleeding or bruising, fatigue, headache, confusion or dizziness, increased heart rate, weakness, difficulty breathing, acute pharyngitis, pyrexia, chills, or any signs of infection. This medication can also increase your risk of developing some cancers, such as skin cancer and lymphoma. Inform your physician if you have ever taken any cancer medicaments or if you find any suspicious lumps or masses on your body.

Common side effects include an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhoea, muscle soreness, blurred vision, mouth sores, coughing, lack of energy or appetite, flu-like symptoms, rash, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Consult your physician if these symptoms are severe or persist. While taking Imuran, you need to be receiving regular blood tests to ensure that these side effects are not inhibiting your treatment. Some patients are not able to take Imuran, or may require a lower dosage or special monitoring during treatment.

If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, discuss the benefits and risks of this medication with your physician. Studies on the effects of Imuran offer contradicting conclusions with respects to the safety of this medication for pregnant women. Early studies indicated that Imuran would not cause any deformities or issues for a developing fetus, and very little risk for pregnant women or their babies. However, recent studies suggest that harm to the fetus can result from taking Imuran. No conclusions have been reached regarding how much harm or what levels of medication put a fetus in danger. It is always best to err on the side of caution. Due to the uncertainty surrounding this, exercise extreme caution if you are pregnant and considering treatment with Imuran. Do not breastfeed while taking this medication. It is a cytotoxic medication and can be harmful to nursing babies.

Imuran has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of imuran

• Molecular formula of imuran is C9H7N7O2S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-(3-methyl-5-nitro-imidazol-4-yl)sulfanyl-7H-purine
• Molecular weight is 277.264 g/mol
Imuran available : 50mg tablets

Generic name: Azathioprine

Brand name(s): Azamun, Azanin, Azasan, Azathioprin, Azatioprin, Azothioprine, Ccucol, Imurek, Imurel, Muran, Rorasul

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