At this moment in time, Imuran is actively being used by medical professionals from all around the world to help prevent kidney transplant rejection, but also to treat and reduce the symptoms of other conditions such as active rheumatoid arthritis.
To put things better into perspective, Imuran belongs to a class of substances known as antimetabolites, which means that it works by releasing substances, which in turn, decrease the effects of a couple of cells present in the immune system of your body.
What should patients know prior to taking this medicine?
Before anything else, patients should know that they should stay away from Imuran, in case they are allergic to any of the substances contained in the medicine, have rheumatoid arthritis but are pregnant at the same time, have used alkylating agents in the past, or are taking a variety of other medicines meant for the same purpose.
During your doctor’s consultation, make sure to inform your physician on whether you are suffering from any other health conditions, such as kidney or liver problems, bowel problems, infections, have a history of cancer, anaemia, unusual bleeding or bruising, or are taking DMARD drugs. Not only this, but also let your doctor know about all of the other treatments that you are currently undergoing, as this will help determine whether you are fit for using Imuran.
There are also some safety-related information that patients should be aware of. Imuran has the potential of lowering your body’s infection fighting abilities, while also increasing the number of blood, clot-forming cells present in your system. This is why you should also let other doctors know that you are taking this medicine, prior to being prescribed other drugs, or having surgery.
How should patients go about taking Imuran?
When it comes down to starting your treatment, it is essential to strictly follow the instructions given by your doctor, and take the doses at the same time every day, without increasing or decreasing them.
In case you have missed a dose, simply take it as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then skip the missed one. Do not take more medicine to make up for the dose that you have missed.
What side effects should patients expect while taking this medicine, and what should patients do in the unfortunate case that they overdose?
Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common side effects associated with Imuran. In case you experience a worsening of these effects, or harsher secondary effects, you should seek emergency medical attention. The same procedure should be followed in the unfortunate case of an overdose. Some of the rarer, but worse side effects that patients can experience include severe allergic reactions, unusual bleeding, weakness, painful skin, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, chest pain, fever, chills and swelling of the face, lips or mouth.