Imuran is an immune system-suppressing drug. That means that it can theoretically halt the attack of the immune system on your nerves if you have multiple sclerosis. The drug can be used to slow the progression of MS in people who are not responding well to other treatments.
Plasma exchange, also known as plasmapheresis, is a way to "clean" your blood. It works sort of like kidney dialysis. During the treatment, plasma -- the liquid part of your blood -- gets replaced with plasma from a donor or with a plasma substitute.
People with some forms of multiple sclerosis use plasma exchange to manage sudden, severe attacks, sometimes called relapses or flare-ups. Their plasma could have certain proteins that are attacking their own body. When you take out the plasma, you...
In cases of multiple sclerosis, Imuran is generally taken orally, in the form of tablets.
Your white blood cell count and your weight will determine the dose that is prescribed. The starting dose is low and is slowly increased. Imuran is generally taken once or twice a day. It is available in 50 mg. tablets, which may be easily broken in half if necessary.
Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose and how often to take it -- follow these instructions carefully and ask your pharmacist or doctor to explain any instructions that you do not understand.
It is important that you take this medication regularly as prescribed; do not stop taking it and do not take more or less of the drug than is prescribed.
When taking Imuran, keep the following tips in mind:
Some mild nausea often occurs when you start taking Imuran. This discomfort is expected and will go away as your body gets used to the medication. If you have extreme nausea with vomiting, contact your doctor.
While you are taking this medication, you may be asked to have regular blood tests (such as blood cell counts and liver function tests) to evaluate the medication's effectiveness and to monitor your response to the drug.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the lab. Your doctor may reduce or even stop Imuran when you are being treated for certain infections. This allows your body to effectively fight back.
Be sure that you always have enough medication on hand. Check your supply before holidays or other occasions when you may be unable to fill your prescription.
Do not have any vaccinations without your doctor's approval.
Take precautions to avoid infection while taking this drug. Avoid anyone who may have an infection and report any signs of infection to your doctor.