Hi Dixie's Chick and welcome to the best Crohns forum out there. You will find alot of love and support here. Sounds like you did what many of us have done in the past, and that is get feeling better then think you no longer need the meds. I did the samething! My remission ended with an emergency resection, which was quite traumatic as I am sure you can imagine. So even though you are feeling better, my biggest suggestion to you is, make sure you ALWAYS stay on some kind of maintenance med at all times. While you are busy getting on with your life, the crohns is always in there doing its damage on a microscopic level without you even knowing it.
As for the medication Mercaptopurin you asked about
the brand name is Imuran or 6mp. They are basically the same med but process differently in your body. I personally prefer 6mp over Imuran as it gave me less side effects. You will have to do regular blood tests with these meds and its important to get them done. We have quite a few members on these meds and they have a pretty good track record for most. We have members who have been on them for up to 10 years. But....if the Pentasa is working well for you, that could be a good maintainence med for you. I am maintained solely on a sister med to Pentasa called Asacol. I prefer to use the least med possible, but will tell you if the Asacol stops working, I am not adverse to going back on 6mp.
Hope that helps!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!