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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Mercaptopurine is essentially a combination drug, which is used with other drugs to treat lymphatic leukemia. Known as an antimetabolite, Mercaptopurine prevents the growth of cancer cells.

It is essential that you provide your doctor with a complete medical history before you start the treatment. This is mostly because some medical problems and medicines come in the way of the effectiveness of the drug. For instance tell you doctor if you suffer from a renal or liver issues, infections, anemia, and low platelet levels or have unusual bleeding.

The drug can be taken with a meal or without. The dosage should be taken as per the doctor’s guidance. Make sure that take in a lot of fluids when using Mercaptopurine. If you do miss a dose of Mercaptopurine, consult your doctor immediately.

When considering side effects of Mercaptopurine, you may experience weakness, headaches, hair loss and skin darkening. In case of males, their sperm count may reduce.

These are minor side effects of Mercaptopurine and should disappear with time. If you face some major side effects like diarrhea, heartburn, fever, chills, tarry stool, appetite loss and itching, inform you healthcare provider immediately and seek necessary help.

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 Oncologist before using this medicine.

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Rash

  • Decreased White Blood Cell Count

  • Intestinal Ulcer

  • Anemia

  • Reduced Blood Platelets

  • Increased Triglycerides Levels In Blood

  • Increased Bilirubin In The Blood

  • Diarrhoea

  • Loss Of Appetite

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Captomer 50mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Captomer 50mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be used in patients with renal impairment.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Mercaptopurine as ingredient

Mercaptopurine It is a purine analogue which works against leukaemia. It does that by interfering with nucleic acid biosynthesis. Mercaptopurine is modified to thioinosinic acid after counteracting with hypoxanthine and guanine.

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 Medicine

    M Vac Injection

    Lefrhum 20Mg Tablet

    Mycomune 500Mg Tablet

    Genevac B 20Mcg Injection

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