Purinethol

(Mercaptopurine)

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Quick facts about Mercaptopurine
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mercaptopurine)

Used for

  • Acute lymphoid leukemia
  • Maintenance therapy
  • As part of combination chemotherapy

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Quick facts about Mercaptopurine
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mercaptopurine)
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Side effect rates for Purinethol (Mercaptopurine)

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Common concerns from people taking Purinethol (Mercaptopurine)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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