Compare Imuran vs. Rapamune

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Used for
  • Renal transplant rejection
  • High immunologic risk; Prophylaxis Renal transplant rejection
  • Low to moderate immunologic risk; Prophylaxis
  • Renal transplant rejection
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Infections
    20%
  • Leukopenia <2500 cells/mm3
    16%
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The Rapamune (Sirolimus) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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