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Brand names: Azasan and Imuran
Classification of drugs: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

What is Azasan?

Azasan helps to weaken your immune system so that it does not "reject" an organ transplant, such as kidneys. When the body's immune system attacks the transplanted organ, it is called "organ rejection".Azasan prevents your body from rejecting kidney transplants. Used to alleviate symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.Azasan can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Azasan

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongueAzasan can cause serious brain infections, which may lead to death or disability. If you experience problems with your speech, thinking, vision, or muscles, call your doctor immediately. The symptoms can start slowly and then get worse very quickly.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Azasan immediately and contact your doctor.

  • You may experience a fever or other symptoms such as body aches, swelling glands, sweating, and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Pale skin, rash, or easy bleeding
  • Feeling cold in your hands, feet, and head;
  • Pain in the upper abdomen that can spread to the shoulder
  • Feeling full even after eating a little.

Call your doctor immediately if:

  • Signs of an infection: fever or chills; flu symptoms; sore throat and cough
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • Easy bruising and unusual bleeding
  • Shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats
  • Pale skin and cold feet or hands
  • Dark urine and jaundice

Azasan can cause a number of side effects.

  • Nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain;
  • Hair loss;
  • Skin rash.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Submit reports of adverse events by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Azasan can cause rare lymphoma cancer of the liver, bone marrow, and spleen. This is most common in young men and teenagers with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Before you take this drug

Azasan should be avoided if the patient is allergic to it.Azasan can cause harm to an unborn child. While taking this medication, use birth control.Azasan can cause an uncommon type of cancer of the liver (lymphoma) and spleen. This is more common in young men and teenagers with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Anyone with an inflammatory auto-immune disorder is at greater risk for Speak to your doctor regarding your personal risk.

Azasan may increase your risk of skin cancer. Consult your doctor for information on skin conditions to be aware of.

If you've ever:

  • If you use Azasan to treat rheumatoid arthritis, then kidney disease or a transplant may be the cause.
  • Any type of viral or bacterial infection,
  • Liver diseases
  • Chemotherapy with drugs like cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil, melphalan, busulfan, and others

Azasan should not be used while breastfeeding.

How to take Azasan?

Azasan is only prescribed if you are free of any conditions that would make it unsafe for you to use the drug.Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow the directions. Sometimes, your doctor will change the dose. You must take the medication exactly as prescribed.Azasan for a kidney transplant is given just before or on the day of the transplant. This medicine should be taken daily for rheumatoid arthritis.Your symptoms may improve after 8 weeks. Continue to use Azasan according to the instructions, and inform your doctor if you do not see improvement after 12 weeks.Azasan can upset your stomach if you take it with food.Azasan may interfere with other medications for arthritis. Never change the dose or schedule of your medication without consulting your doctor.Azasan can affect your immune system. Your immune system may be affected. You could get more infections, including serious and fatal ones. You will have to be examined by your doctor on a regular schedule.Keep the bottle at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. When not in use, keep the bottle closed tightly.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for the next dose, skip the missed one. Never take more than one dose at a time.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

Avoid tanning or sunlight. Azasan increases your skin cancer risk. Use sunscreen when outdoors.Stay away from people with infections or illnesses. If you notice any signs of an infection, tell your doctor immediately.Avoid receiving a live vaccine when using Azasan. It may be that the vaccine does not protect as effectively and fully. The live vaccines are measles (MMR), rubella (MMR), yellow fever, typhoid (rotavirus), varicella, chickenpox (MMR), and zoster.

Interaction with other drug

Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking. Azasan can be affected by many drugs, including:

  • Allopurinol;
  • Febuxostat;
  • Ribavirin.

Azasan may be affected by many drugs not listed here. These include prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medicines. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.




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