Compare CellCept vs. Imuran

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CellCept (mycophenolate)

Prescription only

Imuran (Azathioprine)

Prescription only
Prevents rejection of a transplanted organ.

CellCept (mycophenolate) is good at preventing organ transplant rejection, but you’ll need regular blood tests to make sure you don't develop any serious side effects.

Prevents organ rejection and relieves joint pain and inflammation.

Imuran (Azathioprine) is an effective medication for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and transplant rejection, but comes with a heavy list of side effects.

Upsides
  • CellCept (mycophenolate) is a first-choice medication for preventing organ rejection since it doesn't hurt the kidneys or liver like its alternatives.
  • With CellCept (mycophenolate), you might be able to take a lower dose of your other anti-rejection medications.
  • Imuran (Azathioprine) has proven to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Imuran (Azathioprine) decreases the pain, stiffness, and swelling that most people have with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You can still get vaccinated for the flu while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
  • Drinking alcohol is okay while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
  • Most side effects are temporary.
Downsides
  • You might need to take other medications to control your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol while on CellCept (mycophenolate).
  • You can’t get certain vaccines while taking CellCept (mycophenolate).
  • You can’t breastfeed while on this medication.
  • If you take Imuran (Azathioprine) for rheumatoid arthritis, you'll likely need to take additional medications to control your symptoms.
  • While taking Imuran (Azathioprine), you will have to get your blood tested once a week for the first month, every other week for the second and third month, and once every month after that.
  • Along with other side effects, your hair may begin to change color or fall out when you first start taking Imuran (Azathioprine), but this is usually temporary.
  • You'll likely have to take additional medications, like methotrexate to keep your rheumatoid arthritis in remission.
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Side effects
40possible side effects
  • High blood pressure
    78%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    64%
  • Headache
    54%
  • Nausea
    54%
  • Fever
    47%
  • High blood sugar
    47%
  • Diarrhea
    45%
  • Lack of energy
    43%
  • Low red blood cells
    43%
  • High white blood cells
    41%
  • High cholesterol
    41%
  • Constipation
    41%
  • Trouble sleeping
    41%
  • Higher blood creatinine (marker of kidney function)
    39%
  • Lung infection
    37%
  • Shortness of breath
    37%
  • Back pain
    35%
  • Higher blood urea nitrogen (marker of kidney function)
    35%
  • Stomach pain
    34%
  • Vomiting
    34%
  • Low blood pressure
    33%
  • Low blood potassium
    32%
  • Increased cough
    31%
  • Low white blood cells
    30%
  • Lung problems
    30%
  • Dizziness
    28%
  • Anxiety
    28%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Infection
    26%
  • Chest pain
    26%
  • Heart problems
    26%
  • Sinus inflammation
    26%
  • Low platelets
    24%
  • Tremor
    24%
  • Higher blood lactate dehydrogenase (marker of damaged cells)
    23%
  • Abnormal kidney function
    22%
  • Rash
    22%
  • Burning or tingling in hands, arms, legs, or feet
    21%
  • Fast heart rate
    20%
  • Very low neutrophil (type of white blood cell) count
    3%
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2possible side effects
  • Infections
    20%
  • Leukopenia <2500 cells/mm3
    16%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Harm to fetus
    • Sexually active women of childbearing age
  • Serious infections
    • Taking other immunosuppressants
    • Age 60 or older
    • Weak immune system
  • Blood disorders
  • Cancer
    • Taking CellCept (mycophenolate) for a long time
    • Prolonged exposure to sunlight
    • UV light
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  • Cancer
  • Decreased blood cells
  • Increased risk for infection
  • Harm to fetus
    • Sexually active men and women
    • Pregnant women
    • Child-bearing women
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