Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
Recommendations for Pregnancy
Data in IBD transplant literature suggest low risk
Recommendations for Lactation
Limited human data: probably compatible
NOTE: This medication has been typically used for the treatment of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Talk to your doctor about potential risks and side effects.
Indicated for pediatric use
NOTE: This medication may be recommended for pediatric use. Be sure to talk to your doctor about potential risks and side effects.
Most common side effects
Headache, weakness, or achiness; darkening of the skin; loss of appetite or weight
Periodic blood work is necessary when taking mercaptopurine to monitor the liver and blood counts. Infection, a small risk of lymphoma, and a small risk of pancreatitis have been noted.
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