IMURAN is very useful in treating severe rheumatoid arthritis and it works by decreasing the effects of certain cells in the body immune system.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take IMURAN with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
IMURAN falls under antimetabolite and it works by decreasing the effects of certain cells in the body immune system.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store IMURAN at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F(20 and 25 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using IMURAN if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like tumor or an unusual growth.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
IMURAN may effect your immune system.
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests like including complete blood counts, liver function, and TPMT enzyme activity to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of IMURAN. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking IMURAN before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
IMURAN is known to cause harm to fetus. So, it is advised to not get pregnant while using this.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using IMURAN to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using IMURAN as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include mild nausea or vomiting.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; itching; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or tightness; dark urine; dizziness; fever, chills, or sore throat; increased or painful urination; muscle pain or aches; pale or fatty stools; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; shortness of breath; stomach pain; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual growths or lumps; unusual weakness or fatigue; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.