Azathioprine (AZA), sold under the brand name Azoth in 50 mg dosage tablet form. It is used in Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, in kidney transplant stop prevent rejection, ulcerative colitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is one of the safest and effective medicine on the WHO list. This medication belongs to the branch of drugs known as immunosuppressants. Earlier it was to stop rejection of transplanted organs like kidneys but now it is used to treat wide range of illnesses.
Which Skin Condition is Treated with Azathioprine?
This medication is used for the condition in which the immune system is too active. It effectively treats systemic lupus erythematosus, pemphigus Vulgaris, and dermatomyositis. Sometimes the drugs are used for the conditions that are not included in the original license application. In azathioprine case, these are atopic eczema, pyoderma gangrenosum, bullous pemphigoid, and cutaneous vasculitis.
Some major risk factor involves bone marrow suppression and lymphoma. Common side effects include
Sensitivity to sunlight
Loss of appetite
Nausea or feeling sick
AZOTH tablets are used twice a day. Take the medicine just after food. Do not overdose as the chances of severe side effects may increase. The effect takes time so make sure you continue to the course as prescribed by the doctor.