Azathioprine (Imuran) Information
The prescription drug azathioprine (Imuran®) is approved to:
- Prevent organ rejection after a kidney transplant (when used with other immune-suppressing medications)
- Treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Although it is not exactly clear how the drug works, it is thought to work mostly by suppressing the immune system. This product comes in tablet form and is usually taken once or twice a day. Nausea, vomiting, and infections are some of the most common side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment if you have a blood disorder, any infections, or have previously taken chemotherapy medications.
(For more information on this product, click Azathioprine. This article offers a complete overview, including details on generic availability, other possible side effects, and more.)