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HanooN
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/31/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
is there any one who is taking remacide and Imuran? how does it work. I need some thought. I'm planning to take Imuran. currently taking Ramacide with pentaza and 20mg of prednazone daily. i feel pentaza does not work for me and i need to see if Imuran works good along with Ramcide.

thanks in advance
HanooN

Diagnosed with CD in JAN,2008.
Meds: Prednisone, Pentasa(20mg/day) Remicade/monthly, Entracort, prilosec, Multivitamins
Surgeries : NONE


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/31/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been hearing that docs aren't liking using the immunesuppressants with the biologics.  I think they are saying it increases the cancer risks.  But I do know some folks are using both meds together with some success. I think this is something you need to run by your doc.  Good luck!

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


indigosunrise
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Total Posts : 497
   Posted 12/31/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi HanooN and welcome!

I am currently taking Remicade, Imuran, Prednisone (2.5 mg) and Pentasa.  I saw my GI about a week ago and they are considering taking me off the Imuran soon--I am a very slow metabolizer and I think the Imuran is helping but not very quickly, unfortunately. 

Like Nanners said, I have also heard that taking both Remicade and Imuran together DOES increase the risk of cancer, once of which is lymphoma, in children and young adults.  I am 32 so I am guessing, hoping, and assuming I am past the "young adult" stage, as I honestly believe I will have to be on both to control the Scleritis I have from Crohn's Disease.

I have heard they also use Methotrexate with Remicade--have you tried Methotrexate yet? Unfortunately, Methotrexate did not work for me but I have heard it can be a very good drug for those it does help.

I am pretty sure I have read about others on this forum who are also on both Imuran and Remicade and hopefully they will come along shortly to help out.

Take care and please feel free to ask any questions you may have!


gachrons
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   Posted 12/31/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I took them both together with pred for 6 months on the Rem. so I was not one that could stay on it. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


HanooN
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 1/1/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your thoughts, I did not try Methotrexate yet. I will ask my Dr on my next Remecide session on jan,9

thanks
Age:28
Diagnosed with CD in JAN, 2008.
Meds: Prednisone(20mg), Pentasa (2*4) Remicade/monthly, Hydrocodone, prilosec, Multivitamins
Surgeries : NONE


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 1/2/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I took them together for 3 years. Then my liver labs went up and I had to stop the imuran. I am still on the remicade. When I stopped the imuran, they were not recommending that you take them together anymore.
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