Using Imuran for the prevention of organ rejection the minimum required dosage without increasing the toxicity of the patient will vary from person to person. Certain people who are sensitive to the medicine will be suggested as an alternative therapy by the doctor. For the management of rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, an initial dose of 50 to 100 mg of Imuran is given.
Normally a single dose of Imuran is given to the patient. At instances where the patient feels that the drug’s effects are too much for them, can split the dose by discussing it with their doctor.
Imuran can be taken orally with or without food. The dose can be increased to a maximum of 250 mg.
Certain common side effects of this immunosuppressant are:
- Vomiting sensation
More serious side effects of Imuran are:
- Problems with breathing including shortness of breath
- Liver problems
- Joint and muscle pain
- Blisters in many areas of the body
- Bleeding that is usual or recurrent
Imuran may interact with anticoagulants, aminosalicylates such as mesalazine and alkylating agents such as melphalan. Tell your health care facilitator if you are taking any of these medications and any prescription medications in general.