What is Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) used for?
Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) is an oral cancer medication used to treat acute leukaemia and chronic myeloid leukaemia. It works by preventing or controlling the spread of cancer cells allowing other procedures to be performed to remove or eliminate the cancerous masses. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Merpurin (Mercaptopurine)?
Most patients using Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) are prescribed one daily dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medication before beginning use to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Merpurin (Mercaptopurine)?
Some patients using Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) may experience side effects including:
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention include severe nausea, painful urination, fever, flu symptoms, severe stomach pain, sensitive skin, easier bruising, discoloured stools, or jaundice. Inform your doctor as soon as any unusual symptoms occur to make sure any necessary alterations are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop further health problems from occurring.
Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to mercaptopurine, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose to your doctor if you have reduced liver function, reduced kidney function, or if you have a thiopurine methyltransferase deficiency as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your treatment.
Strictly use Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Merpurin (Mercaptopurine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.