Can you just stop taking Imuran without having to taper? (?Pancreatitis)

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Julie1014
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   Posted 9/9/2008 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning.  I have been having some abdominal discomfort and back pain.  My GI checked my pancreatic enzymes and they are elevated.  He said I could be recovering from a mild case of Pancreatitis, or just getting it.  I am on 50mg of Imuran, and he told me to stop it completely, no taper needed.  Has anyone ever just stopped Imuran?  Should I look for any side-effects?  Thank you so much for your time.  Blessings, Julie :-)
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 11mg/day, Imuran 50mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/9/2008 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never tapered when taking Imuran and never noticed any side effects. (my dose was 150mg)

Julie1014
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   Posted 9/9/2008 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Ohio76, thank you for such a quick response!
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 11mg/day, Imuran 50mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


CheesePuff
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie, I didn't taper either, just stopped cold turkey. I had no side effects or other symptoms at all. I guess as it takes couple of months when you start the medication before it takes effect, it will leave your system slowly as well...
 
Good Luck
UC since 1995, Pan- Colitis diagnosed May 2007
100 mg Imuran TTC for 7 months already
4 * 800mg Asacol
Iron Supplement
400 mg Folic acid
Multi vitamin supplement
Mild flare symptoms again...


kimberlayn
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I just stopped taking it on Doc's orders because it wasn't doing much good. He said to just discontinue it, don't bother taking it anymore, and I was on 150mg a day. I didn't notice any real side effects, but I started entocort that next day.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Sniper
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
when they took me off imuran and put me on methotrexate i did not taper
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Zanne
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
During one particular bad spell, I was hospitalized multiple times and for some reason, the admitting doctors just never ordered my 6mp (basically the same as Imuran, just metabolize differently). So I was off suddenly for about 4 months. Started back up just as suddenly. No issues on either end.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


lilgeniexol
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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I stopped Imuran immediately after it started to damage my liver. Symptoms were fever, shaking , chills, overall body aches-terrible

Julie1014
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   Posted 9/9/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the replies and support! Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 11mg/day, Imuran 50mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 

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