Modified: February 3, 2020

Dear @[email protected],

Your doctor has discussed the following medication with you: 6-mercaptopurine. Here is some additional information. Let us know if you have any questions regarding this information.

  • This medication belongs to a class of drugs called immunomodulators. It helps to reduce irritation and swelling (inflammation) in the intestines. It also decreases the long-term need for steroids. For that reason, it is sometimes referred to as a "steroid-sparing" drug. In some cases, this medication is used by itself. In other cases, this medication is used together with another medication to achieve better results.

  • Infrequently reported side effects may include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, mouth sores, rash, fever, joint pain, low blood counts and anemia, and liver inflammation. Less common side effects include inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), infections, and lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).

  • Blood tests should be performed on a regular basis to check for medication effects on the bone marrow and liver.

  • Women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant should talk to their doctor before taking this medication.

  • The best way to control your disease is by taking your medication as directed. Even when you do not have any symptoms, it is very important to continue taking your medication to prevent your disease from becoming active again. Do not alter the amount of the medication or how frequently you take it without speaking to your doctor first.

  • If you have any side effects or you continue to have symptoms, speak to your doctor immediately.

For further information, please check out http://www.ibdmedicationguide.org/ or follow this link:

PDF https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/immunomodulators.pdf