Which medication requires regular blood draws.......

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   Posted 7/11/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it Imuran? I can't remember....
37 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (29 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 4 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Have also had several self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07-still taking it.  Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
Ginger :)

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   Posted 7/11/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Imuran is definately one of them. 6mp might be another. Others might let you know.


Oops, typo on the 6mp... I had MP3, I have no idea how I got that one. I must be ready to go home and listen to music in my car cool    thanks Nanners


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.



Post Edited (karendee) : 7/11/2008 11:45:56 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/11/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
HaHa Karendee!!  Its 6mp not MP3.  LOL

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about any other the others such as Remicade, Humira, etc. but, yes, Imuran (azathioprine) and 6MP (mercaptopurine?) do require periodic blood draws.

It seems to me that I saw periodic blood draws recommended for Pentasa too but in all my years on Pentasa a blood draw was never ordered for that despite I was on it 4-5 years before adding Imuran. Best thing is to check the drug insert and question if recommended tests aren't ordered.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that MTX does.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to get regular draws for my remicade...before every infusion.
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