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6-MP Side Effects

Most people who take mercaptopurine (Purinethol®) will develop some type of side effect. However, only vague information is available on the possible side effects of this drug, as it is an older medication.
Mercaptopurine, also referred to as 6-mercaptopurine or simply 6-MP, is given to treat a type of cancer called acute lymphatic leukemia. Based on the available information, possible side effects of 6-MP may include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Low blood cell counts.
Potentially serious problems can occur with this drug, so make sure to notify your healthcare provider right away if you are taking this medicine and notice unusual bleeding or bruising, any signs of infections, or other potentially serious problems.
(For a more detailed list of possible side effects, click Mercaptopurine Side Effects. This article lists common and potentially serious side effects of this drug, and explains which problems require medical treatment.)
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