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Azathioprine is prescribed to treat immune diseases, such as the rupturing of red blood cells, certain types of kidney disease, autoimmune skin diseases, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It works by lowering immune system function and may be used in combination with other drugs to suppress the immune system. Customers may receive this drug under the name Imuran.
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Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive used for treating a variety of autoimmune diseases. It can be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, immune mediated anemia, colitis, immune mediated skin disease, certain types of kidney disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Azathioprine may also be used for purposes as indicated by your veterinarian.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects may include anemia, pale gums, weakness, lethargy, bruising or bleeding, decreased white blood cell counts and increased risk of infection. Talk to your vet about unusual side effects.
Drug & Food Interactions
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given ACE inhibitors (benazepril, enalapril, lisinopril), Allopurinol, Sulfasalazine, SMZ/TMP, and warfarin. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with azathioprine. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.
Pet parents should wear gloves when giving this medication as it can absorb through the skin. Pregnant pet parents should not handle this medication unless wearing rubber gloves. Use azathioprine with caution in animals with pancreatic or liver disease. Do not use in pregnant or breeding animals or in those who are allergic to azathioprine. This medication suppresses the immune system which may make your pet more prone to infections.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
Give by mouth according to your vet's instructions. The dose of this medication and frequency of administration is based on your pet's condition and response to the treatment.
Store between 59° - 77°F.
What is Azathioprine?
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive used for treating a variety of autoimmune diseases. In dogs azathioprine can be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, immune mediated anemia, colitis, immune mediated skin disease, certain types of kidney disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. In cats, azathioprine is sometimes used with extreme caution in cats to treat autoimmune skin diseases. Azathioprine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.
What are the benefits of Azathioprine?
Treats autoimmune diseases that involve the blood, skin, or multiple body systems. Easy-to-administer tablet.
How is this medication given?
Azathioprine is given orally, with or without food.
How does this medication work?
Azathioprine is used to suppress cells involved in autoimmune diseases. Examples of these diseases include Hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, arthritis, skin diseases, chronic liver inflammation, certain kidney diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
What results can I expect?
Azathioprine is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Azathioprine is available as 50mg tablets. The usual dose of azathioprine can vary and is dependent on the type of condition being treated.
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