If Imuran puts you into remission, do you need to keep taking Asacol?

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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone was put into remission with Imuran and told to stop using Asacol if that did not put you into remission. Asacol is not putting me in remission, but it has helped me in the past and maintain remission for a few years.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


malakai
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on both and my doc told me to wean myself off of the asacol cause our pharmacists said that it was unnecessary. I was in remission and was doing fine. I held off stopping it for 6 months because i told him I was afraid I would flare. I went off in Jan I flared in Feb and now got put on Humira. I would say, if you are on both and are doing fine, just stay on it unless you want to take the chance. I could have been the exception.
Newbie - 37 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds:
Started Humira 3/14/09.... <crossing fingers>

Post Edited (malakai) : 3/30/2009 11:25:33 AM (GMT-6)


njmom
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
There is some evidence that 5-ASA meds like Pentasa and Asacol might interfere with TPMT levels, and so interfere with Imuran. However, studies have not been able to prove this theory.

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/30/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Were you just put on imuran to go into remission or did you have to go on steroids. I am refusing to use prednisone because of the side effects. I am hoping that imuran can put me into remission. I have heard from people that it has put them into remission.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Beth
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   Posted 3/30/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was taken off Asacol once Imuran (and maybe Remicade - it's been a long time) put me in remission. I've been on Imuran and Remicade, then just Imuran, then Imuran and Humira and now just Humira since then.
Beth
 
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira
 


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/30/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
How long of a period did you go through those medications?
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


Beth
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on Asacol pretty much since I was first dx and Imuran about the same. I started Remicade in ~ early/mid 2002 (and probably stopped Asacol at that time or shortly before) and had my last infusion in Dec. 2003 (or maybe early 2004?). I got pg with my older daughter in Aug 2004 and I know I was just on Imuran for that entire time. Then I flared up, had a resection in June 2006 and started Humira in March/April 2007. I was still on Imuran until June 2007 or so, but started flaring pretty much as soon as I went off it, so I went back on quickly. I was on both Imuran and Humira when I got pg with my younger daughter in August 2007, then stopped Imuran sometime in my first trimester. I've only been on Humira ever since.

I know that probably is confusing and I'm sorry I can't remember more clearly exactly what and when everything happened. But that's basically the timeline.
Beth
 
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira
 


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
How long did it take you to go into remission with Imuran in the beginning?

Thanks for the info.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


malakai
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   Posted 3/31/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I was put on pred unfortunately for about a month with just the asacol. Then after 3 months, because the asacol wasn't cutting it by itself, they added the imuran. It took about 4 more months for the imuran to kick in and my body to cooperate.
Newbie - 37 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds:
Started Humira 3/14/09.... <crossing fingers>


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/31/2009 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
What dosage did you get of Imuran?
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


inflamed
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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a similar result with 6mp and Pentasa (similar drugs). 6mp got me to remission when Pentasa didn't, but Pentasa has kept me there. I am a strong believer in taking some med to maintain remission.
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.


malakai
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   Posted 3/31/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on 50mg of imuran 3x a day + the asacol 400mg 3x day and then I lost 40# so after about 8 months he changed it to 50mg 2x day for the imuran and asacol 400 mg 2x day.
Newbie - 37 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds:
Started Humira 3/14/09.... <crossing fingers>


Homeboy
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   Posted 3/31/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Both meds do something different. One works on the immune system directly(Imuran). One helps with the intestines.(Asacol)

I think Imuran is the one with more side affects, asacol had no side affects I noticed, when I last took it, but asacol is kinda expensive.(No generic)

I am thinking that asacol works in the small intestines, and colazal works in the colon, but I am not sure, it may be the other way around.

I would think that stopping either one, would not have any impact on the other. Or stopping one would not be reason enough to stop the other.
CD dx @ 13 (1987)
Prednisone 8mg every other day
Imuran 100mg day -- Stoppped March 09
Celexa 20mg day
Pain Meds -- Morphine Sulfate
Vitamins + B12 Injections Once Per Week
Gallbladder Resection -- 3/19/09 -- Fingers crossed

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