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Mercaptopurine (Non-Cancer)

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Immune Suppressant Purinethol® Children, Adult

Mercaptopurine (Non-Cancer) - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Mercaptopurine (Non-Cancer) safely?

To minimise drug exposure to other members of the family, the following methods of administration are recommended:

  • Place tablets onto a spoon dedicated for use with Mercaptopurine and administer directly to the mouth. Avoid contact with fingers if possible and wash hands and the spoon thoroughly after taking Mercaptopurine.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised to wear gloves as extra precaution where possible.
  • For patients who are unable to swallow tablets whole, it is advised to soak the tablets in water for a few minutes before grinding them to minimise the inhalation of medication powder.

Refer to the "Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic Medications and Caution Medications" PIL for more information.

How should I store Mercaptopurine (Non-Cancer)?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Mercaptopurine (Non-Cancer) safely?

You are advised to bring Mercaptopurine to the pharmacy for proper disposal if you are to stop the drug permanently.

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