Standard blood tests for monitoring of 6mp/Imuran/azathioprine are: CBC with Differential.
This test is a Complete Bloodcell Count (CBC). These drugs intentionally lower your white blood cell count, this test monitors how low wbc is, along with rbc, platelets, and other components of your blood.Hepatic function panel (LFT)
. This test looks for elevated liver enzymes a warning sign for adverse reactions to these drugs.
Sometimes C-reactive protein might be added, but it's not necessary for this drug. Helpful to know how inflamed you are though.
Test intervals are often weekly, then biweekly, then monthly, and then remain at trimonthly while you're on these drugs. After multiple good results, your doctor will likely decrease their frequency.
Your lab should enter your tests as a "standing order" within their system. When you arrive tell them you have one, and paperwork won't be necessary with every visit, as you're already in the system. Good luck!
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