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Mercaptopurine is available as a pill you can swallow. It is sometimes called 6-mercaptopurine, or 6-MP.
Mercaptopurine is used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It may also be used when chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) becomes a more aggressive disease and, very rarely, for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
Mercaptopurine works well against some ALL, CML, and a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma called lymphoblastic lymphoma.1 It sometimes works well in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis that has not responded to other drugs.
Side effects of mercaptopurine are common and may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
Mercaptopurine may increase the blood-thinning effects of other drugs, such as warfarin (for example, Coumadin).
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking mercaptopurine. Talk about this with your doctor before starting treatment.
Mercaptopurine can cause birth defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or to father a child while you are taking it.
Women who take this drug may experience symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs while you are taking this drug.
Last Revised: December 17, 2010
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