Azathioprine/ACE Inhibitors Interactions
This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.
Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Azathioprine and ACE inhibitors may decrease your body's ability to produce red and/or white blood cells.
What might happen:
The number of red or white cells in your blood may decrease. A decrease in the number of red blood cells is called anemia. Anemia can make you feel feel tired or fatigued. A decrease in white blood cells is called leucopenia and can make you susceptible to infection.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure that all of your doctors know that you are taking these medicines together. Your doctor may want to check the number of cells in your blood. Be sure to keep all appointments for blood tests. Notify your doctor if you feel unusually tired or at the first sign of an infection (fever, persistent sore throat).Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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