Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive drug used in dogs and cats.
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive drug used in dogs and cats. It treats hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, arthritis, immune mediated skin diseases, chronic liver inflammation, inflammatory bowel diseases, certain kidney disorders, and myasthenia gravis. This medication suppresses or slows down the growth of the cells involved in autoimmune diseases.
Azathioprine requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It is available in 50 mg tablets.
Use as directed by your veterinarian, and follow all instructions printed on the prescription label. Allow your pet access to plenty of water throughout treatment. Complete the entire prescription unless directed otherwise by your veterinarian. Dosage and duration of treatment depend on the condition being treated and response to the medication.
Store at room temperature, protected from light and moisture.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Use with caution in cats. Do not use in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to azathioprine. Use with extreme caution in pets suffering from hepatic dysfunction. This medication can severely suppress the immune system and reduce the production of blood cells. For that reason, periodic blood tests should be run to monitor blood cells during treatment. Azathioprine may interact with some other medications, so be sure to inform your veterinarian of any and all medications your pet may be taking. In the case of an overdose, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of an overdose may include vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite. Finally, if you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while administering azathioprine, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Adverse Reactions and Serious Side Effects
Adverse reactions and serious side effects are rare, however, they can occur. Azathioprine can cause serious side effects such as anemia, pale gums, bruising or bleeding, decreased white blood cells, or increased risk of infection. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet is showing signs of a more serious reaction.
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