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Purinethol (Mercaptopurine)

This page contains brief information about mercaptopurine and a collection of links to more information about the use of this drug, research results, and ongoing clinical trials.

US Brand Name(s)          Purinethol
FDA Approved                Yes

FDA label information for this drug is available at DailyMed.

Use in Cancer

Mercaptopurine is approved to be used with other drugs to treat:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is used as maintenance therapy in adults and children.

Mercaptopurine is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.

More About Mercaptopurine

Definition from the TCH Drug Dictionary – Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.

MedlinePlus Information on Mercaptopurine – A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:

  • warnings about this drug,
  • what this drug is used for and how it is used,
  • what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
  • what you should know about this drug before using it,
  • other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
  • possible side effects.

Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.

Clinical Trials Accepting Patients

Find Clinical Trials for Mercaptopurine – Check for trials from TCH’s list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients.