Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Azasan
  2. Imuran


Azathioprine is used to prevent rejection of a transplanted kidney. It belongs to the group of medicines known as immunosuppressive agents. Azathioprine will lower the body's natural immunity in patients who receive transplants to prevent rejection of the new kidney. It is also used to relieve joint pain and swelling for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, azathioprine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Atopic dermatitis.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Liver transplant rejection.
  • Myasthenia gravis.
  • Pancreas transplant rejection.
  • Sprue or celiac disease.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Takayasu disease.
  • Vasculitis.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet