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Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Medicine composition: Azathioprine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet acts as an immuno-suppressant drug, which is used to treat ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and in kidney transplants to prevent the rejection of a new kidney. Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet is also an anti-metabolite. It works by lowering the body's immune system against the transplanted kidney. Close monitoring of blood cell count is necessary while taking this medication so It should be used under the supervision of a qualified physician. It can be administered by mouth or injected into a vein.

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to any ingredient in Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet; if you are pregnant, if you have used alkylating agents in the past, or you are currently taking febuxostat or mercaptopurine. Inform your doctor if you have the following medical conditions to make sure this medicine will be safe for you :

  • kidney or liver disorders
  • bowel problems
  • a history of frequent, recurrent, or prolonged infection
  • scheduled to receive a vaccination or immunisation shortly.
  • a history of cancer, anaemia, bone marrow problems, unusual bruising or bleeding, or low white blood cell or platelet levels.
  • any enzyme deficiencies or recent blood transfusions.

Take this medication with food to reduce stomach upset. Dosage is as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition and response to treatment. If you increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed then you may increase the risk of it's side-effects.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Kidney Transplantation

Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet is used in kidney transplant patients to prevent transplant rejection.
Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis which is an inflammatory disease characerized by swelling, pain, and stiffness of joints.
Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet.

Alkylating agents

Not recommended in patients with rheumatoid arthritis previously treated with cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil.
In addition to its intended effect, Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Fever with chills

Major Common

Sore throat

Major Common

Abdominal pain

Major Rare

Loss of appetite

Major Rare

Muscle and joint pain

Major Rare

Nausea and Vomiting

Minor Common

Hair loss or thinning of the hair

Minor Rare

How long is the duration of effect?

The duration of action of this medicine is not clinically established.

What is the onset of action?

The effect of this medicine can be observed in 1 to 2 hours.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.
Biocon Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Rpg Life Sciences Ltd
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Missed Dose instructions

If you miss a dose of Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose instructions

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.

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Azathioprine 50 MG Tablet is an immunosuppressant drug. It works by lowering the production and expansion of T and B lymphocytes in the white blood cells which defends your body against foreign particles and infections.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Disease

Information not available.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Warfarin

Moderate
This medicine may decrease the effect of warfarin. Inform the doctor if you are receiving either of the medications.Seek immediate medical treatment if you have any symptoms of breathing problem, blurred vision, blood clots and swelling of limbs.

Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors

Moderate
These medications may lower the WBC count and may increase the risk of infections. Usage of antihypertensive medications like enalapril, ramipril, captopril should be reported to the doctor. Seek immediate medical treatment if you have any symptoms of infection like fever, chills, diarrhea, sore throat.

Live attenuated vaccines and related products

Major
You may be at the risk of developing infections if these medicines are taken together. Inform the doctor if you had received either of these medicines. Your doctor may postpone therapy based on the condition.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hlw I am suffering from ibs+ ibd from the last 1 year. My doctor has prescribed me pentasa and and one another medicine this tym named as azathioprine. Is azathioprine is safe to consume? My old medicines was not working. That's why this tym he prescribed me this. Is it safe please suggest.

BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Hlw I am suffering from ibs+ ibd from the last 1 year. My doctor has prescribed me pentasa and and one another medici...
Azathioprine belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. It works by weakening the immune system. May be old medicines were not working on you that’s why your doctor prescribed these. U need to ask your attending physician. U take hom...
1 person found this helpful

I have crohns disease and recently detected h pylori. I have been taking azathioprine for crohns and its been in control. But now I have to start triple therapy for h pylori eradication. Is there any side effects or interactions when azathioprine and triple therapy drugs used simultaneously?

MD-General Medicine, D.M, Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Gastroenterologist, Ahmedabad
I have crohns disease and recently detected h pylori. I have been taking azathioprine for crohns and its been in cont...
No, you may get a bad taste in the mouth or have loose stools for a few days due to the antibiotics, but the therapy will not affect the Crohn’s disease.
2 people found this helpful

I am 31 years female. I am suffering from Myasthenia gravis. Since 3 months I have taken Pyridostigmine 2/day and prednisolone 3/day and azathioprine 2 /day. After I take pills I am very tired. Kindly advice.

MD(EH)/AM/Accupressure
Homeopath, Chandigarh
If this medicine suits you then you may reduce the dz. After that you can watch that you r tired or not. What kind of weakness you r feeling. Take bio. 20 three times a day for two days twice daily.
1 person found this helpful

Hlo sir, which medicine is best for rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate or azathioprine, mycophenoltae mofetil? Plzz give me advise which medicine is best to cure the disease *(rheumatoid arthritis ).

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Hlo sir, which medicine is best for rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate or azathioprine, mycophenoltae mofetil? Plzz g...
Rheumatic arthritisIt is called as Rheumatic arthritis. If your pain is more in the distal joints, ie. In the upper limbs if the pain is present in the fingers/wrist and in the lower limbs it the pain is present in the toes/ ankle, then we shall d...

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