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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/21/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Looks like I might have to go on 6mp in the future because Entocort and Asacol are not working. Can anyone tell me how long it will take to go into remission with 6mp? Someone said it took her about 3 months of 6mp to get remission.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Nanners
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   Posted 3/21/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
The immune suppressants do take about 2-3 mos to reach the effective stage. I took it for awhile but I had a stricture and ended up needing surgery anyways thats why I stopped it. A few suggestions 1) take it at bedtime, that way you avoid any side effects, and 2) Be sure you take at least 1 mg of Folic Acid everyday, this will help prevent your hair from shedding so much. Many people have had great success with 6mp and its sister med Imuran. Good luck and I hope this takes you to remission.

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Gail *Nanners*
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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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/21/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response and care Nanners. I hope everything is going well for you.

I was on 6mp before for about 3 weeks. I did not see a difference.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Nanners
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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
It does take up to 3 mos to work, so give it some more time. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

inflamed
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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
It took me a few months to get remission with 6mp, but I've been in remission since mid-2004. It was a wonder drug for me.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


mtgman
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   Posted 3/21/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i've been on it for almost 2 months and something seems to be working...
i was starting to feel a lot better until i had to start taking an antibiotic for an infection on my finger.
hopefully after i stop the antibiotic i'm back to the positve tract i was on!

dustspeck
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   Posted 3/21/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
it took me 7-8 months before i really noticed some change. i started taking it in november 2007 and was told i was in remission in december 2008. i started off at only 25mgs and worked my way up to 75mgs and shortly after is when i noticed a change.

best of luck!
.: stephanie :.
33 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits


nawlinscate
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on 50 mg daily of 6-MP for five years. I still have lots of unhappy symptoms, but it cleared up a narrow section of small intestine (which therefore must have been narrowed by inflammation and edema rather than by more permanent scar tissue). I don't feel better--but I sure as heck don't feel worse, which is a gift, I guess. No bad side effects, either. Give the drug time to work.

MikeB
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I started 6mp (50 mg daily) about six years ago. The meds I had been on were not holding me in remisssion (I have fairly mild disease but was having fairly frequent mini-flares of 2-4days duration.) The scopes I had had for some years before always showed 2-5 visible ulcers in the cecum and visible reddish inflammation in the terminal ileum. 6mp took hold so gradually over the next few months that I really did not notice anything until one day at abuot 90 days I realized I had experienced a fill month of normal BMs with no apparent symptoms except for one occasion when I had eaten a spicy dinner, and that only lasted one day. The next scope showed only one small ulceration at the ileocecal valve, and during my most recent scope thje GI was poking aroind in the cecum and said "|I can';t find any actiove disease at all." He finally biopsied one small area that was slightly red. He has now stepped me down to 50 mg on alternate days, with the option to return to daily if I flare, which has onlyhappened once. So my experience has been very good with 6mp.

Wolfie40
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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
This is all good news, I'm going to start Imuran probably in a month or two. I would like to use up the Asacol I have seeing it was really expensive to buy.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Ash01
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   Posted 3/23/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I took Imuran for 6 months and had to be taken off due to the side effects. It made me feel extremly short of breathe. I could barely walk becuse I felt like I couldnt breathe but my oxygen levels were always fine. My pharmacist told me this is the most common side effect of Imuran. I have now been on 6mp for about 3 years and it is my wonder drug. I started off with pred and 6mp and after 3 months my doc took me off the pred because he said the 6mp was working. I take 50mg a day at night time. It hasnt made my crohns go away but I rarely have any problems. My biggest issue is muscle pain. I hope it works for you.   

CrohnsPatient
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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
thats odd that Ash01 gets benefits 6mp and side effects from imuran, their essentially the same drug.

There are horror stories for 6mp also. Be sure to check up on those.

Tara13
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   Posted 3/29/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on 6MP for a few months now.  My last blood levels showed that I am not at optimum level yet so have to raise it to 75 mg a day.  I have certainly noticed hair loss with it so hopefully that doesn't get much worse on the higher dose. 

Diagnosed with Crohn's 27.10.08. I'm a Kiwi looking to increase my knowledge.  As they say KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

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