Imuran is used for the treatment of severe rheumatoid arthritis. It is also helpful in the removal of unwanted immune responses and even seeks to prevent a rejection in the patients who have received organ transplants.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Imuran may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Imuran always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Imuran ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Imuran each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Imuran being an antimetabolite decreases the effects of some of the cells in your body immune system.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Imuran must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 20 to 25 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Imuran (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Imuran if you have conditions like tumor or an unusual growth, or are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and if you are pregnant or if you are into mercaptopurine.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Imuran is known for meddling with your body immune system. This makes your body vulnerable against a number of diseases. It is advisable to contact your medical practitioner as soon as you observe any side effects from the regular dosage of Imuran. It is also known for increasing the risk of developing either cancer or tumor. If you observer any unusual growth in your body, do not neglect it and contact your doctor.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Imuran. These tests include complete blood counts, TPMT enzyme activity and liver function, and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Imuran before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Proper care should be taken when prescribed to children.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Imuran. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Imuran usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Imuran. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.