What To Think About
Mercaptopurine is usually used only under the supervision of a Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window or Reference hematologist Opens New Window. It may also be used by a Reference gastroenterologist Opens New Window to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
Mercaptopurine may increase the blood-thinning effects of other drugs, such as warfarin (for example, Coumadin).
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking mercaptopurine. Talk about this with your doctor before starting treatment.
Mercaptopurine can cause birth defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or to father a child while you are taking it.
Women who take this drug may experience symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs while you are taking this drug.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology