I've been on 6MP for over 12 years. You should only need the weekly blood draws for a short time then you will be switched to once a month or so, then on to every 3 months to every 6 months. Keeping up with the blood work is very important because 6MP can do some damage to your liver. Also you want to have your blood sent to Prometheus labs at some point to make sure that you are at the therapeutic level. You can have your doctor petition your insurance company to have them cover this, it is not always covered, but if you dispute it, usually you can get them to change their decision. If 6MP works for you, you may be able to get off the prednisone. I have not been able to get off entirely, but I have been able to get to a low enough dose so that I don't have any side effects from the prednisone.
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CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....