Best time of the day to take Imuran?

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HM
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   Posted 2/8/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I am to start taking Imuran tomorrow and I am unsure of what time to take it.....should I take it at bedtime to help with the stomach upset that the GI told me that I would probably have?  I really am not wanting to do this since I take melatonion and paxil before bed for sleep and to prevent anxiety attacks.  However, I can adjust things if I need to....I have more than learned to go with the flow over this Crohns thing...lol.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I take mine in the morning after I have eaten breakfast. If I eat a substantial breakfast I have no stomach upset. If I don't eat enough then I get some nausea about 11 AM which goes away if I eat pretzels or crackers. People here that have had lots of stomach upset taking it in the AM do take it before bed. I'd say try taking it in the AM and if it bothers you, then try bedtime. Good luck!
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isergodur
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i take mine in the morning after breakfast. That is what the doc recommended. I never feel any nausea. But like you said just go with the flow ;)
24 year old female

Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..

Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort


LittleSisSmurf
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello..Ive been on Imuran for 2 years and I take it with my dinner. I eat around 6pm and go to bed at 8. It works great for me. I also take my vitamins, calcium and pariet for gerd. Hope it helps you feel better     tongue
I am 34rs. old mother or 2 wonderful kids. I have crohn's colitis. I am on Imuran, pred., and am starting remicade. My 18 yr. old son has just been diagnosed with crohn's too.


kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
When I took it, I took 2 pills in the morning, 100 mg, and then 1 pill in the evening, 50 mg, for about 2 weeks so my body would get used to it. That was the doctor's suggestion. Then I took it all in the morning, and I never had a problem with it.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, 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.


kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
When I took it, I took 2 pills in the morning, 100 mg, and then 1 pill in the evening, 50 mg, for about 2 weeks so my body would get used to it. That was the doctor's suggestion. Then I took it all in the morning, and I never had a problem with it.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, 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.


caroline_r
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I take it around 2 or 3pm after having lunch because that's when I eat the most. It's just really important that you eat enough before taking it so if you eat most in the morning take it then, if it's around lunch time that's ok too. 6pm would be ok, but I don't think it's smart to take it right before going to sleep shakehead just know that you have to eat enough or you could throw up as some people do. Hope this helps :)
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I took mine in the morning until I could no longer handle the nausea, and exhaustion. Then I switched to night and it was all better.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I took the sister med 6mp. When I first started I took it in the morning and ended up getting sick. I switched to bedtime and had no further problems.
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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teddybearweiser
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   Posted 2/9/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I took my in the morning after breakfast. I had no problems with the med.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis


cayer
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I had fatigue and nausea so I took 2 before bed 100mg and now it doesn't bother me. I have wondered if it is more effective in the morning? any thoughts or is it same same no matter what time you take it?
Tina 26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 100mg used in the past Remcide, salofalc, pred.
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams ha ha.


HM
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   Posted 2/10/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My eating varies due to my kids after school activies, therefore I took all of your advice and took it after my I had my bigger meal. I had not stomach upset after day one. Thank you!

My thoughts about it being more effective in the morning is that it really shouldn't matter when you take it, as long as it is about the same time daily. I would have to wonder about taking it with a big meal though and it actually being better if it can be taken on an empty stomach.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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