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Azathioprine

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Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 24 Jul 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Azathioprine is indicated in immunosuppressive regimens as an adjunct to immunosuppressive agents that form the mainstay of treatment (basic immunosuppression).

Azathioprine is indicated in combination with other immunosuppressive agents for the prophylaxis of transplant rejection in patients receiving allogenic kidney, liver, heart, lung, or pancreas transplants.

Azathioprine is indicated either alone or in combination with corticosteroids and/or other drugs and procedures in severe cases of the following diseases, in patients who are intolerant to steroids or who are dependent on steroids and in whom the therapeutic response is inadequate despite treatment with high doses of steroids:

- Severe active rheumatoid arthritis that cannot be kept under control by less toxic agents (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, DMARDs)

- Severe or moderately severe inflammatory intestinal disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)

- Systemic lupus erythematosus

- Dermatomyositis

- Auto-immune chronic active hepatitis

- Polyarteritis nodosa

- Refractory warm auto-immune haemolytic anaemia

- Chronic refractory idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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