azathioprine??

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lovemyboys09
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   Posted 4/24/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if people who took azathioprine tended to get sick more often since it is an immunosuppresent. With working at a medical facility and have too young kids I would getting sick too often.
 
 
Diagnosed w/crohns in October 07
Taken off all meds January 08 because of pregnacy
Back to gastro Dr. January 09 (new dr.)
Diagnosed w/ UC instead; told should have never gotten off meds
4/23 Colonoscopy showing severe ulcerative proctitis
taking Asacol (6 pills x 2/day) and proctofoam maybe switching to azathioprine
Flaring still as of 04/09
 


CrohnsDaddy
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Surprisingly, I have gotten fewer upper respiratory infections since I have been on both prednisone and 200 mg. azathioprine.
Just trying to be a "Regular Member".


Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Started Cimzia 12/4/08. Down to 5 mg/day of Pred now, and will continue to taper until completely off as long as the other meds keep me off the porcelain.



I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.


Celey
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I've noticed that I tend to get less colds while on azathioprine (I prefer just saying Imuran, the name brand, because its a shorter word and its pretty much the same thing)...

However, I'm not sure if its because of Crohn's itself or because of Imuran being an immunosuppressant, but I've been a lot more susceptible to a variety of different infections...

Such as UTIs... I get UTIs constantly. Last year, I must've had around 7-10 of them... It was awful.

I also had this mass on my ovary that got badly infected, which eventually resulted in me needing surgery to remove the mass (as well as the ovary)...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


annyb
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken Imuran for years. I haven't noticed that I get sick more often but I am very aware of my exposure. I avoid sick people. When I do get sick - it is miserable.
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
SCUBA diver, Master's degree student, college graduate, Pet therapist
 


annyb
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken Imuran for years. I haven't noticed that I get sick more often but I am very aware of my exposure. I avoid sick people. When I do get sick - it is miserable.
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
SCUBA diver, Master's degree student, college graduate, Pet therapist
 


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was on imuran and remicade both for around 3 yrs....and I am the healthiest one in my house. I work in 5 different elementary schools, and I also have 2 young kids, so I am around germs constantly. I wash my hands nonstop during the fall/winter seasons. I am still on remicade, and I did not even get a cold this winter!

orange_xu
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Imuran for two years and nothing happened to me.

Irishmom4
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   Posted 4/25/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It was also a concern of mine when I started the drug since I am a teacher and around sick kids all the time. I felt healthy and didn't get sick at all during that 6 month period. But then I did get a flu and pnemonia shot.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


Bane
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   Posted 4/25/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never really had a problem with colds and flus or any other contagions, and after being on azathioprine for 4 years I havent noticed any significant changes to that trend. Still, can't hurt to be careful, avoid close contact with sick people and the like.
21, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School.


LynnRN
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   Posted 4/25/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I'm a Pediatric RN so I'm exposed to all kinds of fun filled things,and I have not been sicker more since the Imuran,I get a few sinus/colds a year,but that's about it,so in other words,I don't think I get sicker more than the average person.  I have been on Imuran 4-5 years now.

onedaymore
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I was pretty sick when I first started. Sinus infections every other week and such. But I made it through most of the winter without getting sick until they upped my dose. BAM! Got sick.

Like others have said before me, I think that when you're told that you're more susceptible, you make a conscious effort to avoid exposure. Not being exposed helps.

That said, you've said that you will be exposed because you work in a medical facility and have young children. My father broke his neck this winter and was in the hospital for three months, and I spent almost every day over at the hospital with him. In that time, everyone in my family took ill at least once except me. I don't know if it was due to luck or because I obsessively wash my hands and wear a face mask when I know there's an exposure. Just be smart about it.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently taking: Azathioprine, tramadol, welchol, promethazine
Surgeries: Cholecystectomy (2007)

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