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Drug interactions between mercaptopurine and Purinethol

Results for the following 2 drugs:
mercaptopurine
Purinethol (mercaptopurine)

Interactions between your drugs

There were no interactions found in our database between mercaptopurine and Purinethol - however, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

mercaptopurine

A total of 215 drugs are known to interact with mercaptopurine.

Purinethol

A total of 215 drugs are known to interact with Purinethol.

Drug and food interactions

Moderate

mercaptopurine food

Applies to: mercaptopurine and Purinethol (mercaptopurine)

You may experience reduced absorption of mercaptopurine in the presence of food. Take mercaptopurine on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the medication.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication

Immunity modifying agents

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'immunity modifying agents' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'immunity modifying agents' category:

  • mercaptopurine
  • Purinethol (mercaptopurine)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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