Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

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 lymphoblastic leukemia.

Mercaptopurine interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal cells may also be affected by this medicine, other unwanted effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor.

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

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Suspension
  • Tablet