AZASAN (AZATHIOPRINE)

Modified: February 3, 2020

Dear @[email protected],

Your doctor has discussed the following subject with you: Azasan. 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.

  • With this medication it can take 3 to 6 months to see an improvement of symptoms. Because it may take a while to see an improvement, they are often given along with another faster-acting medication (such as a steroid).

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

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

  • Skin exams should occur regularly by a primary care provider or dermatology to rule out early skin cancer.

  • Women who are taking this medication should continue to get regular pap smears, as recommended by their gynecologist. 

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

  • Before taking this medication, let your doctor know about other medical conditions that you may have or other medications (even over-the-counter medications or alternative therapies) you may be taking.

  • 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 on your own.

  • 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