treatment for AIH

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chrisnc
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   Posted 1/22/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
 I was recently diagnosed with AIH - currently on tapering prednisone schedule and uploading azathioprine.
For those of you being treated please tell me if also on same treatment and how doing on the azathioprine?
Like clockwork I get a wave of nausea and weakness that comes over me within hours of taking it.
thanks Chris :-)

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/22/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Chrisnc

Welcome to the forum. There is a wonderful group of supportive people here that make you feel so not alone in all of this.

I too have AIH and am currently taking prednisone 10mgs for the last six months and azathioprine 50mg for only a month. I have not had the nausea you have discribed but have had several problems taking the medication. I have been extremely fatigued again and have had several episodes of dizziness. I have also noticed my hair falling out although that has decreased somewhat. The only thing that has been changed has been the addition of azathioprine so I have called and talked with my doctor about it and am currently awaiting results of last weeks blood work. At this time he is only looking at adjusting it unless the blood work indicates otherwise. If you have any concerns about this medication you should call your doctor and discuss it with them. There is also some websites that give you detailed information on specific problems to call your doctor about with this medication.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

Lucy

judyinky
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   Posted 1/25/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy,
I don't know if you remember me. I was on for quite a while and haven't been for awhile. I am down to 10mg also and am experiencing extreme fatigue. How bad is yours? Do you know, from the information you have, if it gets worse as you go down further. I have heard this. I go to the hepa doctor for the first time on Monday.
I've been seeing a GI doctor since last May. I have never felt so tired in my entire life. I'm also losing my hair, having sight problems, am concerned about bone loss, and am going to get my doctor to order a bone density test asap. I've been taking extra calcium, and it seems like I crave the yogurt I eat. I guess my body is craving calcium. I've also had high blood sugar as a result of the prednisone. It's been a life saver and a curse too.

Hope to hear from you or anyone who writes.

Judy
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

             

 




judyinky
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   Posted 1/25/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris
I didn't mean to ignore your post. I want to welcome you to HW. You need support and information. It's really important dealng with this diesease and the medications you take. I know you will get that here. If I can do anything to help you, let me know.

Judy
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

             

 




frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy

Welcome back of course I remember you

The fatigue has been horrid like it was before meds at all and yes I have heard the lower you go the worse it gets too. I talked with my hep doc and they have taken me off the imuran. My last blood work showed my liver enzymes were up and my white cell count was too low. I can't believe your hair is coming out too! Mine had been coming out so badly in the shower that it was stopping up the drain. My doctor says it was due to the imuran so I am really hopeful that things will get back on the right track again soon. My appointment with him again is in about two months and he is going to try and alternative to go along with the prednisone. You are certainly right the pred is both a blessing and a curse.

I hope you hepalogist appointment goes well. Please keep me posted.

Talk again soon

Lucy

judyinky
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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucy,
Thanks for writing. It's nice to have a comrade going through this. Honestly, the depression and fatigue has been so bad the last few months that I have slept more than anything else.
I guess that' s just the way it is for some people. MY MD talked about putting me on a mild stimulant called provigal. Have you heard of it?  I'm tempted. I want energy so bad again.
I'll let you know as soon as I know something from the hep doc.
 
Good to be back,
 
Judy
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

             

 




hep93
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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy, I just wanted to note that the medicine you mentioned is spelled Provigil. :)

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/27/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy'

I certainly understand. Foes make you feel good that someone else understands what you are going through although you wouldn't wish this fatique on anyone. It is overwhelming and doesn't allow you to do anything but sleep. I have heard of provigil, my hepatologist mentioned it to me once to help enhance my energy level. My insurance wouldn't pay for it though and I wasn't able to afford it. The prednisone helped tremendously with the fatigue for me until it was lowered and he added the imuran. Thankfully he has taking me off that.

Keep us posted on your hepatologist appointment.

Lucy

Marg57
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   Posted 1/27/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy and Judy,

Imuran did not present any side effects with me. I took it for 12 months but my liver enzymes did not reduce enough with these two meds. (Prednisone). Apparently, when they are combined, you are able to wean off Prednisone more successfully. Any way, you may have read in my other post, I have been on CellCept for about 12 months now and my liver enzymes are almost normal, in fact some of them are now in the normal range and a couple just a bit out. It's very expenslive, but my heptologist get permission from the drug committee each six months and so far I have not had to pay the huge price ($550 Australian dollars each month)

I take Fosimax-O-Weekly for my bone density. You should ask your doctor about it. I have a bone density test each year and my bone density has actually increased, despite Prednisone and an expected 3% loss each year due to age (I'm 58)

My depression reached a stage about three weeks ago where I would not go out and was sitting at home crying almost all the time. I tried exercise, or my husband tried exercise by taking me walking twice daily) but often I cried as we walked around the local oval. He tried retail therapy (must have hurt him greatly to suggest we go shopping - but I guess it also shows just how much he loves me and cares) but i would just cry when we looked at clothes thinking how terrible I looked in anything I fitted on. Finally the doctor has given me Lexapro (I think that's how you spell it) and I am feeling on top of the world. I have just had a weeks holiday with my three sisters-in-law. We shopped, watched the Australian Tennis open (three days), laughed, ate too much and not a tear from me. My husband is so happy with the new (old!!) me.

Just thought I'd share my med sttory with you as well.

Take care everyone.
Marg
 


frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/28/2007 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Marge:

Am so glad that the lexapro is working for you and I know your family is happier too. I know it is very hard for them to see you so down and not be able to help you.
My hep doc has said we would try and alternative to the imuran when i go back to him in a two months. Hopefully it will be something I can have success with. Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy the day

Lucy

wheredidigo
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   Posted 1/28/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Marg,
I am so sorry you went through such a bout with depression,,,,,,,it can be awful! There is NOTHING wrong with taking meds to help you feel better,,,,depression can add stress,which is NOT good for your body,,,with all that you have been through, depression is almost normal,,,,,,I am glad they gave you a good anti d to help you and that its working,,,remember not to stop the anti d's without the dr knowing it,as it can send you into a tailspin,,,you must be weaned off most of them,,,,enjoy feeling good Marg,,,sounds like you had a great vacation,,,,well deserved:)
trish 
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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 


judyinky
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   Posted 2/2/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Marge,
I just read this about the depression being so bad. I KNOW so well. Sometimes we can only be with it, sounds hard I know, but it does come and it does pass. I've always had to have help with it. I take lexapro, and it works for me pretty well. I also take lithium for mood stabilization. Cutting dosages on the pred always throws me in a tizzy mentally. I'm glad you are on something now. IT WILL GET BETTER!!

Big Hug,

Judy
P. S. I've been out of town most of the week visiting a girlfriend of mine. I am feelin so much better after seeing the hep. doc. I will make a post about that tomorrow.
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

             

 




Florida
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   Posted 2/7/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ChrisNC - I was diagnosed with AIH 3 1/2 years ago.  I was originally treated with predisone and then tappered off and I am currently on Imuran.  Fortunately, I have not suffered from fatigue or had a depression issue.  The only side-effect has been the hair loss which has slowly decreased due to the fact that I am slowly tappering off Imuran as well.  I am currently down to 12.5 mg of Imuran every other day.  I had lab work yesterday so hopefully after this last tapper the next step will be to stop taking anything altogether, although my Dr. does not suspect I will ever be able to stop taking Imuran.  He has not had a patient yet that has been able to stay in remission without taking either Predisone or Imuran.   Good luck and hopefully things will get better as they have for me.

Marg57
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   Posted 2/8/2007 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Florida,
You are one of the fortunate ones. So many here seem to need to continue Prednisone.
I look forward to things improving for me and for otheres here, just as they have for you. Thank you for posting your positive results. It gives us all hope.
Take care.
Marg
 


cryssi
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   Posted 2/16/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
My husband was just diagnosed with AIH. He is 36 years old and up until now has been very healthy. The GI dr. said the liver biopsy shows minimal scarring but it has really been a blow to us thus far. I am glad to be to come to a site like this and read other's stories.
Thanks
Cryssi

wheredidigo
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   Posted 2/17/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome Cryssi, and you have come to the right place,,, this is a wonderful group of people,,so if you have questions, feel free to ask ,,and if you just want a place to put your thoughts down,thats ok too,,,,let us know how things are going. take care of yourself, too,dont forget,,,,,
trish 
Moderator for Hepatitis Forum 
 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 


Marg57
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   Posted 2/18/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cryssie,

Welcome to the Forum. I hope you get as much support and friendship here as I have.

I am living a full life with AIH, despite the recent depression. I work 4 days a week, have a good social life and family and generally feel good. In the back of my mind is the thought that this may not last forever and my heptologist reminds me each visit that my liver condition is "on the edge", and a tip the wrong way could result ultimately in the need for a liver transplant. I get annoyed that he reminds me each time but I know he must do this so I look for symptoms and report immediately any change so I don't go into liver failure again.

On the positive side it's almost three years since my diagnosis and things are stable, even though I have cirrhosis. Regular blood tests (monthly), a yearly liver ultra sound and bone density test, monthly visits to my GP and 3 x monthly visits to the heptologist, Prednisone (tapering) and CellCept, Fosimax for my bones as well as accupuncture and pills from a Chinese doctor are keeping me well. (edited to add ...AND POOR) Lexapro for the depression is soon to be a thing of the past as I learn to think more positively about the good things I have.

Hope your husband becomes one of the AIH success stories.

Take care.
Marg


 

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