Thioguanine treats certain types of leukemia. Tell your doctor right away if you notice a fever.
Thioguanine is a prescription medication used to treat acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. This is a type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells. Thioguanine belongs to a group of drugs called purine analogs. These work by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body.
This medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once daily, with or without food.
Common side effects of thioguanine include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and inflammation in the mouth.
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Thioguanine Brand Names
Thioguanine may be found in some form under the following brand names:
Thioguanine Drug Class
Thioguanine is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Thioguanine
Serious side effects have been reported with thioguanine. See the “Drug Precautions” section.
Common side effects of thioguanine include the following:
- inflammation in the mouth
- bone marrow suppression (when there is a decrease in the production of blood cells)
This is not a complete list of thioguanine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.