Compare Imuran vs. Afinitor

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Imuran (Azathioprine)

Prescription only

Afinitor (everolimus)

Prescription only
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.

Treats different types of cancer.

Treats different types of cancer, but can cause uncomfortable side effects.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Afinitor (everolimus) comes as a pill rather than an injection, unlike some other cancer drugs.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Afinitor (everolimus) has many uncomfortable and potentially intolerable side effects.
  • You may be more prone to infections and take longer to recover from a wound while taking Afinitor (everolimus).
  • Some prescription medications, vitamins and supplements can interfere with how Afinitor (everolimus) works.
  • Afinitor (everolimus) might not be the best option if you have liver problems.
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Infections
    20%
  • Leukopenia <2500 cells/mm3
    16%
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34possible side effects
  • Mouth sores
    70%
  • Rash
    59%
  • Diarrhea
    50%
  • Tiredness
    45%
  • Swelling
    39%
  • Stomach pain
    36%
  • Nausea
    32%
  • Fever
    31%
  • Decreased appetite
    30%
  • Headache
    30%
  • Vomiting
    28%
  • Weight loss
    28%
  • Common cold
    25%
  • Cough
    25%
  • Nosebleed
    22%
  • Nail disorder
    22%
  • Itchy skin
    21%
  • Difficulty breathing
    20%
  • Weakness
    19%
  • Decreased taste sensitivity
    19%
  • Lung inflammation
    17%
  • Urinary tract infection
    16%
  • Joint pain
    15%
  • Back pain
    15%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Pain in extremity
    14%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    14%
  • Dry skin
    13%
  • High blood pressure
    13%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    11%
  • Throat pain
    11%
  • Diabetes
    10%
  • Muscle spasms
    10%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung problems
  • Reaction to live vaccines
  • Swelling of the airways or tongue
    • Taking ACE inhibitor
  • Mouth ulcers
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