What is azathioprine and why is it prescribed?
Azathioprine (trade name Imuran) is a type of drug known as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the disease process. Read more
How do I take azathioprine and how long does it take to work?
Azathioprine is usually given as tablets, taken once or twice daily. The dose depends on your weight but usually starts at 50 mg. It may take 6–12 weeks before it starts to work. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of azathioprine?
Azathioprine can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, hair loss and skin rashes. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. It can affect the liver or blood so you'll need regular blood tests. Read more
Can azathioprine affect other medications and treatments?
You may be prescribed azathioprine along with other drugs. You should discuss any new medications with your doctor and always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re on azathioprine. Read more
Can I drink alcohol if I'm on azathioprine?
You should only drink alcohol and azathioprine in small amounts, because alcohol and azathioprine can both affect your liver. Read more
Can azathioprine affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Current guidelines state that azathioprine can be taken during pregnancy. If you're on azathioprine and you want to start a family, or become pregnant unexpectedly, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Read more