- Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive drug used in dogs and cats.
- Azathioprine is used to treat...
- Immune mediated skin diseases
- Chronic liver inflammation
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Azathioprine is used to suppress or slow down the growth of the cells that are involved in autoimmune diseases.
- Azathioprine is available in 50 mg tablets.
- Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
- Do not use in animals with known allergies to azathioprine.
- Azathioprine can severely suppress the immune system and reduce the production of blood cells.
- Use with caution in cats.
- Periodic blood tests should be done to monitor blood cells during azathioprine treatment.
- Store at room temperature.
- Use as directed by your veterinarian.
- Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label.
- Allow access to plenty of water.
- Store at room temperature, protected from light and moisture.
- Complete the entire prescription unless directed otherwise by your veterinarian.
- In the case of a missed dose of azathioprine, give it as soon as you remember, or wait until it is time to give the next dose. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF AZATHIOPRINE.
- In the case of an overdose of azathioprine, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.
- Symptoms of an overdose may include...
Azathioprine is very frequently used in a variety of autoimmune disorders. This drug is an immuno-suppressive agent we have used for a whole array of immune mediated diseases. It is a relatively inexpensive and effective drug that has some potential negative side effects but is generally well-tolerated. This is a drug that will need to be prescribed by your veterinarian and monitored very closely by your pet's health care professional. We have used this drug by itself and in conjunction with other immuno-suppressive agents with reasonable success. The diseases that azathioprine is utilized to treat are usually serious and potentially life threatening. Make sure you use this medication precisely as directed and have routine CBCs and blood chemistries completed to ensure your pet is tolerating azathioprine in an appropriate fashion.
If you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while administering azathioprine, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Serious Side Effects
- Azathioprine can cause serious side effects, including...
- Decreased white blood cells
- Increased risk of infection