Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Purinethol
  2. Purixan

Descriptions


Mercaptopurine (6-MP) belongs to the group of medicines known as antimetabolites. It is used in combination with other medicines as maintenance treatment of acute lymphatic leukemia.

Mercaptopurine interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by mercaptopurine, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects may not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.

Before you begin treatment with mercaptopurine, you and your doctor should talk about the benefits this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Suspension
  • Tablet