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mercaptopurine - oral, Purinethol

GENERIC NAME: MERCAPTOPURINE - ORAL (mer-KAP-toe-PURE-een)

BRAND NAME(S): Purinethol

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USES: This medication is used with other drugs to treat a certain type of cancer (acute lymphocytic leukemia). Mercaptopurine belongs to a class of drugs known as purine antagonists. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of mercaptopurine, especially when used in children and young adults.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014



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