Mercaptamine (Cysteamine)

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Brand Name(s):Cystagon

Indication:Nephropathic cystinosis

Rationale:1,2

Considered:Dec-07

Review Date:Oct-20

Comments:
Mercaptamine and Mercaptopurine: Confusion between drug names

We would like to remind prescribers to remain vigilant with regards to the similarity of these two drug names.

Mercaptamine is indicated for the treatment of proven nephropathic cystinosis.
Mercaptopurine is indicated for the treatment of acute leukaemia.

MHRA Drug Safety Update October 2010: Volume 4, Issue 3