Azathioprine is used to prevent organ rejection following kidney transplant and to treat severe cases of Reference rheumatoid arthritis.
Common brand names:Azasan, Imuran
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People receiving dialysis for kidney failure often have low blood levels of folic acid. However, folic acid blood levels should return to normal following kidney transplant. A preliminary study of people taking azathioprine to prevent organ rejection revealed that blood levels of folic acid remained well below those of individuals not taking the drug. The highest blood folic acid level was observed in an individual who had not taken azathioprine for two years.1 Controlled studies are needed to determine whether people taking azathioprine should supplement with folic acid.
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1. Zazgornik J, Druml W, Balcke P, et al. Diminished serum folic acid levels in renal transplant recipients. Clin Nephrol 1982;18:306–10.
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