Imuran
DESCRIPTION

Imuran is a medication that is used to prevent the possible rejection of a kidney transplant. This medication is also referred to as Azathioprine.

How it works

Imuran belongs to a class of medications known as immunosuppressants. These medications work by weakening the immune system of your body in order for it to accept the new kidney.

Uses

The medication is mainly used during a kidney transplant to ensure that the body will not reject the organ. During certain occasions, this medication can be used to during other transplants to avoid organ rejection as well.

Dosage

This medication is generally taken once or twice daily, by mouth. It is best to take this medication by mouth to avoid stomach upset. The dosage will be determined by a healthcare provider. It will be based on a number of factors such as your medical condition, weight and treatment response.

You must not increase the dosage of this medication without consulting your physician. Consuming more Imuran than recommended will not make your condition better sooner. It will only make you more susceptible to side effects. Also, you must not terminate the treatment abruptly without consulting your physician.

In order to benefit from this medication, you need to use it as regularly as possible. Do not consume this medication on an occasional basis. You must not skip or miss your doses. If you accidently miss your dose, you need to take it as soon as you remember. Do not double your dose in order to compensate for a missed one.

Since this medication can be absorbed through skin, pregnant women must not handle this medication.

Side effects

During the treatment period, you can experience certain common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea. These are common side effects of intestinal problems. If these conditions persist for more than a couple of days, inform your healthcare provider.

It is also possible for you to experience a severe, but rare, intestinal problem. Common symptoms of this condition include:

Dark urine
Worsening muscle ache
Rash
Swelling
Fever
Shaking chills

If you do experience any of the above, do not hesitate to inform your physician as soon as possible.

Precautions

Make sure to adhere to the following instructions when consuming this medication.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in this medication.
Inform your healthcare provider if you have a history of cancer or blood disorders.
Avoid contact with people with illnesses since this medication can increase your vulnerability towards infections.
Avoid using sharp objects or participating in outdoor games since you are more likely to get bruised.
Be careful with the dosage when giving this medication to older adults.

Self-care

It is not at all safe for you to use this medication during the period of pregnancy. Consuming this medication during this period can harm the unborn baby.

This drug not only has the ability to pass on to children via breast milk, but it can affect their health adversely too. Therefore, it is best to avoid this medication during the period of pregnancy.

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