Dosing Information

The dose of azathioprine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The medical condition being treated
  • How your body responds to the drug (some people do not clear it from the body as well as others)
  • Your weight
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Azathioprine Dosing for more information.)

Azathioprine Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with azathioprine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Leukopenia (low levels of certain white blood cells called leukocytes)
  • Infections
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
(Click Side Effects of Azathioprine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Azathioprine can potentially interact with a few medicines (see Drug Interactions With Azathioprine).
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