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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
How soon after you start 6mp can a blood test be given to see the levels in your blood stream?
I know if can take a while to work but i was told the levels can be dedected before.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My bloodwork was done three months after I started and has been done every three months since. I have been on 6MP for over 4 years now - it has been my wonder drug.
The first itme they did bloodwork they could tell it was in my system because of the lowered WBC. Now they just watch to make sure it doesn't get too low or in a danger zone.
My liver enzymes are checked yearly.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was on imuran, they waited 6 weeks after a dosage change to check.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My white count is almost 10,000 on 6MP for only 4 weeks. Not low at all. Upped my dose to75mg, hope it kicks in soon!
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Can I ask what mp stands for? I should probably know, but I have been lucky to survive on pentasa and I just started on prednisone.



27 year old female dx with CD in 2001. Pentasa 4 g/day, Prednisone 30 mg/day, Amytripaline 25mg/day, Lexapro 20 mg/day, Maxalt 10 mg as needed. Mother of son, 3, and daughter, 6 months.  

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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
mp = mercaptopurine
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?

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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just put on 6mp two days ago and was told it would take 6 months to kick in.

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis-symptoms for 10 yrs prior.
Asacol: 2400 mg/day
Now off Prednisone!

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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
he told me to come in every 2 - 3 weeks. the first 3 weeks i did well - he increased to 75mg and then i felt nauseous all the time - more blood work and dropped back to 50mg and then hives.
25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
mj8dokken said...
I was just put on 6mp two days ago and was told it would take 6 months to kick in.

that's correct. it usually takes a while to actually notice any changes in your symptoms, but the drug will have an impact on your body before that. i've been on 6mp for 6 years and i've been doing well with it, aside from the recent bloody stool that is worrying me a bit, but i just noticed that a few weeks ago.
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   Posted 2/8/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Been on 6MP since November...I am feeling 100% better but dont know if its the 6mp kicking in as it has only been two months or if I am just finally going into remission. I did have nausea a bit at first but that wore off after about three weeks, and not sure  if it was the 6 mp or the pred which I am tapering off of. Now on 5 mg every other day.

I have heard really great things about 6 mp. I was very scared to take it. But as my Doc explained that the fears that have concerned the medical world over using 6mp for crohns and colitis have been unofounded over the long term use of the drug and patients. And whats most reasurring is that any side affects that take place are reversed by merly stopping the drug.

I havent been sick or anything or had any colds since starting and I have been around my 3 yo who has a cold every week and my partner who just got over the flu. As well as friends and coworkers who have all been down this season...I seem to be going up!


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