Immuno-Suppresant Drugs & the Common Cold

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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all - so i am coming down with my first cold since starting all these drugs...:(
i used to overload myself with vitamin C & things like that, but im thinking those kinds of things probably wont do much since they are supposed to boost your immune system & I am taking much stronger drugs to do the opposite!

any ideas suggestions of what i can take/do to keep this cold from getting any worse & help expedite the healing process??


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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
when i 1st started 6-mp i got a cold that lasted 3 weeks. it freaked me out so i stoppd taking the drug for a bit...not sure if that was the right thing to do but the cold went away soon after. i'm back on the 6-mp and my wife (a teacher) and daughter seem to be coming down with another cold...we're using a lot of lysol, washing hands, using sanitizer etc...i would eat healthy, keep taking a multi vitamin if you already do, wash your hands etc...

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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on 6mp for some years now and have not really experienced any different levels of susceptibility to colds, or worse colds when I do get them. While the immunomodulators do turn our immune systems down a bit, in my experience the effect is negligible as related to catching or revovering from other bugs. Since a cold usually runs a week or so, I suspect you can do the Vit-C without doing any harm to the immunosuppressant effect. My GI has always told me to just handle other illnesses as i always have without worrying about the 6mp factor.

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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks - I have actually been on 6-MP for about 8 months & just had my last remicade treatment about 3 months ago (was only on that for 6 months to get me in remission - which it did amazingle well!).
Luckily this has been my first cold in almost 8 months (not bad i know), so would agree that i dont think the drugs made me more susceptible to catching colds.
I guess im more worried about it going away, now that i have it...........i have been taking Zicam in hopes it doesnt get any worse. No stuffy nose yet, just sore throat, etc!
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