About Imuran

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Imuran, also known as azathioprine, suppresses the immune system and helps prevent organ rejection after an organ transplant. Understand the side effects and other uses of Imuran with information from the CEO of a pharmacy company in this free video on medicine.

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This is Lois Adams, president and CEO of Freedom Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida. I am a consultant pharmacist. This segment is going to be about the drug Imuran. You might recognize it by it's generic name azathioprine. This drug suppresses the immune system and it helps to prevent organ rejection after an organ transplant. It's also used to treat diseases where the immune system is flawed such as an ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Usually it's taken once or twice a day after meals, dosage is adjusted upward when you're talking about rheumatoid arthritis so you get the proper dose, but it starts at a high dose when you're treating transplantation and organ rejection. Side effects are gastrointestinal in this we talk about nausea, vomiting and also muscle aches, very much like flu symptoms. Do not have a vaccination during or just after treatment with Imuran before talking with your physician. And stay away from people who are ill and wash your hands as often as possible to avoid contracting illnesses. Stay away from crowds, patients with immuno compromised systems have a tendency to contract illness much, much more quickly. That is a little bit about the drug Imuran.


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