Azathioprine is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as immunosuppressive drugs. Azathioprine is primarily used for managing organ transplantation and in treatment of autoimmune diseases. This decreases the activity of the immune system of the body. Azathioprine has widely been used for over 50 years as an immunosuppressant.
Azathioprine (Azasan) is an antimetabolite which works by decreasing the effects of various cells in the body’s immune system.
Azathioprine lowers the body’s immune system which helps your body fight infections. This medication is mainly used to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted kidney. The immune system can fight or reject a transplanted kidney or liver. This is because the immune system treats a new organ as an invader thus rejecting it.
Azathioprine is also used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. However, it may also be used for other purposes as determined by the doctor. Consult the doctor for more information concerning this medication.