How do you handle azathioprine?

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Azathioprine is taken once a day in tablet form

What is an azathioprine?

An azathioprine is an immunosuppressant used in organ transplant and autoimmune diseases to prevent rejection.

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What will happen if you stop taking azathioprine?

It depends why you're on azathioprine and if you're also on any other drugs that have a similar effect. For example, if you're on azathioprine to prevent organ rejection following a transplant, you may lose the graft if you stop taking azathioprine. On the other hand, if you're also on another immunosuppressive such as cyclosporin or tacrolimus, and stop taking azathioprine, you're unlikely to notice an immediate difference, although in the long run you may find that your graft function declines quicker than expected. You should always consult your doctor before stopping (or starting) any medication.

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