What are the aims of this leaflet?

This leaflet has been written to help you understand more about azathioprine. It tells you what it is, how it works, how it is used to treat skin conditions, and where you can find out more information about it.

What is azathioprine and how does it work?

Which skin conditions are treated with azathioprine?

How long will I need to take azathioprine?

When should  azathioprine be taken?

What dose should be taken?

What are the possible side effects of azathioprine?

Azathioprine and vaccinations

What monitoring will be required?

How frequently will blood tests be needed?

Is azathioprine safe in pregnancy, during breastfeeding or if my partner and I are trying for a child?

Can I drink alcohol while taking azathioprine?

Can other medicines be taken at the same time as azathioprine?

Where can I get more information about azathioprine?

·         If you want to know more about azathioprine, or if you are worried about your treatment, you should speak to your prescribing doctor or pharmacist.

·         This information sheet does not list all the unwanted effects of azathioprine.

·         For full details,  read the drug information sheet which comes as an insert in the azathioprine package.


British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the safe and effective prescribing of azathioprine 2011 (NICE accredited)

Web link to detailed leaflet:

Please note that the BAD provides web links to additional resources to help people access a range of information about their treatment or skin condition. The views expressed in these external resources may not be shared by the BAD or its members. The BAD has no control of and does not endorse the content of external links.

This leaflet aims to provide accurate information about the subject and is a consensus of the views held by representatives of the British Association of Dermatologists: individual patient circumstances may differ, which might alter both the advice and course of therapy given to you by your doctor.

This leaflet has been assessed for readability by the British Association of Dermatologists’ Patient Information Lay Review Panel

Published on:
October 31, 2023

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