Now in Imuran, some questions and an update on me :)

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thenay
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 11/6/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I went to my GI today and was told to take Imuran 75mg to start, then 150mg eventually after 4 weeks or so.
Also, blood work every week for 4 weeks, then every other 2 weeks, then once a month eventually.
 
I'm thankfully still tapering Pred, so if it all goes well i'm off of that by xmas.  If symptoms get worse they'll put me on something experimental (some anti-TNF blocker) as Remicade or Humira isn't covered on my plan and this will be free if it gets to that point.
 
I was wondering, iI I  started the Imuran today, if it's not for me, and I'm allergic how long will I know?
 
Thanks a bunch! :) Hope all is well with everyone!
Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 30mg, Pentasa 500mg 3xday, Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat and Restoril 30mg for the sleepless nights (thanks Pred!)


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 11/6/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi thenay, I am on imuran 150 mg for over to years and no-side effects. It takes awhile for the Imuran to start working. I am also on Remicade same amount of time as the Imuran.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007
 


thenay
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   Posted 11/6/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
How long did the Imuran take to kick in a few weeks, months? Just wondering when i'll feel relief somewhat.
Thanks for the reply :)
Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 30mg, Imuran 75mg, Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat and Restoril 30mg for the sleepless nights (thanks Pred!)


kristines
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   Posted 11/6/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   

It took months for it start working for me. about 5 to be exact. I wish you the best.

Kristine


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thenay
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   Posted 11/7/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kristines :) My doc didn't advise when I should take it, lol, does it matter what time of the day you take it?
So far no crazy reactions, day one down! LOL :)
Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 30mg, Imuran 75mg, Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat and Restoril 30mg for the sleepless nights (thanks Pred!)


bektold
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It depends on how it makes you feel.  I take it after eating lunch and I've never had a problem.  Many people take it before bed to avoid the nausea, but it's never been a problem for me.  I've been on it for 4 months, and it helps, but I still have symptoms.
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