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Azathioprine is a oral prescription medication used to treat a variety of common auto-immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Chron’s disease. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use this drug, and they should even take caution and avoid handling or breaking these tablets. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
From what research is available at this time, there is no definitive evidence that azathioprine can cause infertility or birth defects.
However, it is clear that more studies are needed on this subject and that as time goes on it will be a medication that will need to be researched more fully. Many women are kept on the drug during their pregnancies, as the risks of their illnesses are more dangerous than the potential risk to the baby. If you are thinking about getting pregnant and you or your partner are currently on this medication, it is a good idea to have a talk with your doctor to help determine what the best course of action will be in your particular case.
Some doctors may recommend that patients go off of this medication before trying to conceive, but that is not always needed, and some cases might be better for the patient to stay on the medication. It is very important to discuss with your doctor before you try to get pregnant if this medication is something that you or your partner use.