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Monitoring azathioprine

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Check full blood count before starting treatment, once weekly for the first four weeks, then at least every 3 months throughout treatment. Check:

  • Haemoglobin
  • Total white cell count
  • Neutrophil count
  • Platelet count
  • also check liver function tests

Patients should immediately have a full blood count if they develop any symptoms suggestive of marrow depression.


(1) Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (2002);39 (12):91-95.

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