6MP/Methotrexate?

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*Bibi*
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   Posted 5/30/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Are 6MP and Methotrexate the same drug? I know that 6MP is similar to azathioprine, but I can't seem to remember if it is the same type of drug as Methotrexate or not.
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mmckenna
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   Posted 5/30/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty sure not. I'm on 6mp, and my wife is on Methotrexate. She has RA, I have Crohn's. She takes hers once a week. I take 6mp every day.
Matthew McKenna,
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*Bibi*
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   Posted 5/30/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, thanks. I take methotrexate, and have taken azathioprine in the past, and may take it again in the future, but didnt want to if it was just going to be the same type of drug that I took in the past, as it did nothing for me..
Diagnosed at 17, currently 23 :)  Have had 1 resection so far.  It's been an adventure!

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 5/31/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
this is from the mayo clinic site:

Azathioprine (Imuran) and mercaptopurine (Purinethol). These are the most widely used immunosuppressants for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Although it can take two to four months for these medications to begin to work, they help reduce signs and symptoms of IBD in general and can heal fistulas from Crohn's disease in particular. If you're taking either of these medications, you'll need to follow up closely with your doctor and have your blood checked regularly to look for side effects.

Methotrexate (Rheumatrex). This drug, which is used to treat cancer, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, is sometimes used for people with Crohn's disease who don't respond well to other medications. It starts working in about eight weeks or more. Short-term side effects include nausea, fatigue and diarrhea, and rarely, it can cause potentially life-threatening pneumonia. Long-term use can lead to scarring of the liver and sometimes to cancer. Avoid becoming pregnant while taking methotrexate. If you're taking this medication, follow up closely with your doctor and have your blood checked regularly to look for side effects.
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