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Mercaptopurine

Mercaptopurine is a purine antagonist that is prescribed along with other agents for the maintenance therapy of acute lymphocytic leukemia.

US Brand Name Purinethol
Generic Name Mercaptopurine
Other Brand Name6MP
Packing100
ManufacturerXydus
Form Tablet
Strength 50mg
Available online
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Mercaptopurine

Uses

Mercaptopurine is used in the treatment of cancer and certain types of leukemia

How it Works

Mercaptopurine is known as an anti cancer medication. Mercaptopurine works by interfering with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Mercaptopurine specifically interferes with the growth of DNA and RNA of the cancer cells by substituting their building blocks, this then prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Mercaptopurine may suffer from such side effects;

Nausea,
Intestinal ulcer,
Anemia,
Increased bilirubin in the blood,
Vomiting,
Rash,
Decreased white blood cell count,
Reduced blood platelets,
Increased transaminase level in blood,
Diarrhoea,
Loss of appetite