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Azathioprine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antimetabolite Adult

Azathioprine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Azathioprine be used?

Azathioprine tablets should be swallowed whole, with a glass of water. The tablets should not be crushed or chewed.

However, for people who are unable to swallow tablets whole, your pharmacist may advise you to soak the tablets in water for a few minutes before grinding them to minimise the inhalation of medicine powder. Talk to your pharmacist for further details if you have difficulty swallowing.

If the dose prescribed requires cutting of the tablet, use a tablet cutter. Do not share the cutter with other people. Wash your hands after handling the tablets.

You may start to see improvement within a few weeks, but it may take up to several months to experience its full benefit.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.

DO NOT double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

  • Updated on Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department, Rheumatology & Immunology KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore General Hospital

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