Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Taken chemotherapy medications in the past
- A blood disorder
- Any infection.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Imuran and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Imuran and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Azasan to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does It Work?It is not known exactly how Azasan works to prevent kidney transplant rejection or to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The medication acts in a way similar to certain types of chemotherapy medications, killing cells by damaging DNA.
Also, much like chemotherapy medications, Azasan suppresses the immune system. The immune system is responsible for rejecting transplanted organs, and an overactive immune system plays an important role in rheumatoid arthritis.
When and How to Take This MedicationSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Azasan include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- You can take Azasan with or without food. If the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Azasan should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.