This medication is used with other drugs to treat a certain type of cancer (acute lymphocytic leukemia). Mercaptopurine belongs to a class of drugs known as purine antagonists. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of mercaptopurine, especially when used in children and young adults.
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