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   Posted 11/25/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone knew if taking Mercaptopurine (6mp) makes your immune system lower, I have recently been picking things up eg. sickness bug/cold which i dont normally do, and was wondering if it could be to do with the tablets im on.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/25/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
6-mp is an immunosuppressor. It absolutely effects your immune system. I was in 6mp and it made me MUCH sicker than the Crohn's itself. I hope you have better luck than I did!

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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on 6mp for years. I worried about picking up more bugs, but I didn't. That fear did convince me to get flu shots though, so that could be the difference.
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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

6mp supresses your immune system, so you are unable to fight infection as well.  Get a flu shot (my dr gave me a shot for pnemonia last time I was there as well).

I don't know about long term what that means for colds and flu, etc, if you would build up some other kind of resistance.  I take it and obv try to stay away from people who are sick.


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