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THIOGUANINE - ORAL
USES: This medication is used along with other drugs to treat a certain type of cancer (acute nonlymphocytic leukemia). Thioguanine belongs to a class of drugs known as purine antagonists. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters), usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.
Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so may help decrease the risk of side effects (e.g., kidney stones).
The dosage is based on your body weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.
Since this drug may be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. Properly discard any unused medication. Ask your pharmacist for details.
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