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In the US, Mercaptopurine (mercaptopurine systemic) is a member of the drug class antimetabolites and is used to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Crohn's Disease - Acute, Crohn's Disease - Maintenance, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Arterial Insufficiency and Ulcerative Colitis - Maintenance.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Cytostatic agent: Antimetabolite

Chemical Names

6H-Purine-6-tione, 1,7-dihydro-

Purine-6-tiol (USAN)

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Mercaptopurina (OS: DCIT)
  • Mercaptopurine (OS: DCF, BAN)
  • 6(1H)-Purinthion (IS)
  • 6-MP (IS)
  • 6-Purinethiol (IS: WHO)
  • anhydrous mercaptopurine (IS)
  • Mercaptopurine (PH: USP 38)
  • Mercaptopurine Hydrate (OS: JAN)
  • 6-Purinthiolmonohydrat (IS)
  • Mercaptopurin (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Mercaptopurine (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Mercaptopurine Hydrate (PH: JP XVI)
  • Mercaptopurinum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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