Disease Information & Support


The Word:


Generic name 6-Thioguanine
Pronunciation siks-thy-oh-GWAH-neen
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Tabloid®, thioguanine
Drug type  Antimetabolite
How the drug is given By mouth

6-Thioguanine is FDA approved for remission induction and remission consolidation treatment of acute nonlymphocytic leukemias.

Side effects needing medical attention: Fever; chills; sore throat; unusual bruising or bleeding; sores on mouth or lips; yellowing of skin or eyes; inability to eat; loose stools; stomach pain; rash; nausea and vomiting.

Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication: Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; cough or hoarseness; fever or chills; lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination; pinhead-sized red spots on skin; unusual bleeding or bruising.


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last updated on Friday, October 12, 2012