Azathioprine is used in combination with other drugs in patients with renal transplant.

  • Action

o    It prevents rejection of transplanted kidneys by suppressing body’s immunity.

  • How to take

o    Azathioprine can be taken orally or by injection

o    It should preferably be taken with food to avoid abdominal upset.

  • Precautions

o    Do not take the medicine empty stomach

o    Inform the doctor if you are taking Allopurinol (a medicine used for preventing gout attacks). Allopurinol can prolong the metabolism of  Azathioprine therefore it is essential to reduce the dose of Azathioprine.

  • Side effects

o    Stomach upset

o    Loss of appetite

o    Nausea or vomiting

o    Weakness