What is purinethol used for?
Purinethol, Mercaptopurine is a drug given to cancer patients to stop the spread and growth of cancer cells in the human body. It is used to treat certain kinds of leukemia and is sometimes prescribed with other cancer medications. It is a very powerful drug and should not be used unless it has been adequately established that the patient suffers from acute lymphatic leukemia.
Make sure that the responsible physician is aware of the risks of this medicine, has adequate experience while dealing with such cases and is knowledgeable in assessing patient’s response to chemotherapy.
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Active ingredient in every tablet is mercaptopurine 50 mg.
Do not use Purinethol if you are allergic to it. In some cases, use of this medicine has resulted in the growth of a fast-growing, rare type of lymphoma (cancer) that affects the spleen, bone marrow, and liver, and is fatal. Make sure that your doctor is aware of your medical history before starting this medicine. Tell him if you suffer from the following conditions:
- Kidney disease
- Any kind of viral, fungal, or bacterial infection
- Liver disease
Purinethol, Mercaptopurine can lower blood cells that fight infections in your body. Your kidney function, liver function, and blood cells will be tested often as the cancer treatment depends on the results of these tests. Visit your doctor regularly for urine and blood tests.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant as it can harm your unborn child. Be sure to tell your doctor if you do become pregnant while taking this medicine.
Stop using this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you see the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in upper stomach
- Weight loss, fever, night sweats, and tiredness
- Rapid heart rate, feeling light-headed
- Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding
- Nausea, itching
- Dark urine, jaundice, clay-colored stools
- Some serious side effects of this medicine are:
- Severe diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- Signs of infection such as body aches, muscle pain, fever, sore throat, flu symptoms.
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What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.