My wife and I have decided that we are going to try to conceive another child. We got pregnant with our daughter before I got diagnosed and started any medications. I was doing some reading last night and found some potentially disturbing information on the ccfa.org website. It says the following:
"If a couple is trying to conceive, he should stop taking sulfasalazine or switch to another 5-ASA compound such as mesalamine, balsalazide, or olsalazine, as long as his doctor approves of the change.
Men should not take the immunosuppressive drug methotrexate for three months before conception, and women should not take it before or during a pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This drug is extremely toxic to a developing fetus or newborn.
Men are also strongly advised to stop taking 6-MP and azathioprine for three months prior to conception."
I don't think it will be possible for me to go off of both of these medications for three months. I haven't contacted my doctor yet since I just read this information last night. I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions or has had any experience with getting pregnant while taking medications for Crohn's. I'm probably going to contact my doctor and see what he says later this week.
Thanks in advance for any information or thoughts.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005. 2 Bowel Resections in 2008.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Lopressor 100 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Remicade IV every 8 weeks, Omeprazole CR 40 mg/day, Lomotil BID, Immodium BID, Cholestyramine 2 grams daily