Imuran & tanning?

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sugarfoot
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   Posted 7/2/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I know tanning is bad & I haven't done it in years but I'm getting married in September & just want to go a few times. But... after tanning I get pins & needles like feelings, like itching, all over. I'm not finding anything while googling but a friend, who is also a tanner & is on Imuran, has been having the same thing happen.
 
Input?
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/2/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
What about one of those spray type tans like the celebrities use??? Just a thought.
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sr5599
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   Posted 7/2/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Wow...  I guess that is a strong warning.  Not being able to tolerate AZA or 6-MP, I was not able to take it long enough to consider.  I tan on most of the meds, but not Cipro.
--female dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on 6MP and the same thing happened to me when I tried a tanning bed before a carribean vacation. Doc's had never heard of it happening before, so I'm surprised to hear it happened to you. Figured it was a bad sign so I never tried again.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Proferrin iron pills.

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RedAdmin
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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that after I started taking Imuran I could not sit through a 1 hour kids soccer game without burning and that was new. My mother has been on imuran for over 35 years and gets lots of little cancers burned off almost twice a year.

Even without the above article I would have said they the tan in a can stuff and forgo the sun completely.
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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
When I took this med - which was over 2 summers, I burnt for the first time ever, both years. I use factor 30 always. I never ever get sunburn, and once I stopped the med I went back to going brown again.
Diagnosed 2005.
 
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GDen
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a pretty disturbing article about Imuran, particularly since I just got put on it. It "accumulates" in the DNA? Skin cancer is 50-250 times more common in organ transplant recipients (i.e. Imuran takers)?

sr5599
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd be willing to bet that the dose for Crohn's is much lower than the organ transplant dose. (I just read Crohn's dose is 50-100 mg whereas organ transplant dose is 3-5mg/kg, which is much higher.) This is like MTX for Crohn's vs. chemotherapy. And, most all of the Crohn's meds carry a risk of cancer...
--female dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09


Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/2/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to see my doc tomorrow to see what we can do for my RA due to antibodies from remicade. I am a big sun tanner, I love siting in the sun and tan. I'm also getting married in Jamaica in April. I would like to tan some, have a drink or 2 and really enjoy myself. my GP suggested MTX so I did research and realized this med isn't for me because of the taning and drinking. Now you can't tan with Imuran either?!! Has anyone been on Humira alone and the RA suffering went away? or did they have to take 2 meds to clear up the ra and cd?! any insight would be amazing and appreciated.
xoxo
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.thinking of taking MTX


Allison77
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   Posted 7/3/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
DO NOT GO INTO A TANNING BED! Wow, I can't beleive people still want to do that. I was married last October and like you wanted that "tanned" look. I however REFUSE to even contemplate getting into a tanning bed so looked around at other options. The best was going to Mystic Tan and getting the spray tan. I did it about 2 months before the wedding to see how it would look and what they do. It turned out AMAZING and 4 days before my wedding I went again. I worked perfectly and no chance of cancer/burns/wrinkles with the fake tan. It's no longer yellow/orange like the old days.
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Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/3/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I just came back from seeing my GI this morning, she is putting me back on Imuran with Humira. I love to sit in the sun to unstress. I'm not taking about the beds (I don't have info on that)and my doc said it was fine to sun tan, but to be careful like anyone else, put sunscreen on, don't sit out for hours and hours. But I've done some research and everyone reacts differently to Imurane and depending what whatever else your on.So really like most of us who have CD we have to learn the hard and painful way, Try it out and see how YOU react. Hope this helps! Good luck and Congrats on everyones up coming wedding, or congrats to who have been married recently!
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.thinking of taking MTX


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   Posted 7/3/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
My 2 cents worth - be sure to get your vitamin D! If you are avoiding the sun or are always using sun screen, you will become vitamin D deficient. The amounts in milk and calcium supplements is not enough. Summer sun exposure can easily provide 10,000 IU of vitamin D for each day in the sun. In older times, that was every day for the whole summer. The recommended maximum dose for vitamin D is 2000 IU, but that is for people who can absorb it. People with impaired absorption would likely need more.

MAG102886
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   Posted 7/3/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Im glad I know about this now. I guess I wont be asking for that tanning package for my birthday. I was wondering too because last week I went to an amusement park with my boyfriend, and by 11am I was beat red, I ususally NEVER tan.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.
 

Homeboy
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   Posted 7/4/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not currently on Imuran, but I do tan. I started it last month, and I go several times a week, after I exercise.

I was worried about phenergen. I take it about every day, and it says to avoid the sun. It's on lists everywhere, even in the tanning bed room. After I asked a pharmacist, I was told that it makes it easier to tan, easier to burn, be careful, and that is all, I am no longer worried.

I like laying out in the sun, it makes me feel better.
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lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 7/5/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I'd always heard to avoid much sun exposure while on methotrexate and never paid much attention and sunbathed lots, for nearly 6 years I was fine and then last summer I had a horrific phototoxic reaction I had to see 11 skin specialists for. My skin looked burnt but wasn't and it turned purple then black then eventually deep brown but in bizarre patches and I had to have spray tans done every 2 weeks to fill in the marks. I was just very lucky it didn't affect my face and even now a year on I can still see the marks it has permanently damaged my pigment. I now have to take hydroxycholoquine (Plaquenil) during the months where UV is high or I could react again.

If your on medication that says avoid sun exposure PLEASE PLEASE avoid it!!! I dodged the bullet for 6 years but wham it got me, they're not sure why it took so long it could have been a build up in my system but it just isn't worth the risk and if you do get a reaction the effects can last a LOOOOONG time let alone what it could do to your skin cancer risk.

Since my reaction all of my friends have started to be more sunsafe as even they were freaked at just what the sun can do to you and I am now an avid St Tropez user (I'll have to be for as long as I have these marks to fill in!!)


 
 


Sunaddict
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   Posted 7/5/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
MTX is a drug for sure you must avoid sun. Imuran however doesn't even say 'avoid sun' so I think it's all good in small doses like everything else! I'm so sorry you had such a bad reaction. I truly hope all gets better for you real soon! Good luck
24 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Hoping to get my life back with Humira.thinking of taking MTX

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