pregnancy and 6MP

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   Posted 8/6/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Just took a pregnancy test and it was positive. Not sure how I feel, had surgery in June (had to go off birth control-Dr.'s orders) and am now taking 6MP. I have had 3 babies since being diagnosed with Crohn's and I took Pentasa during those pregnancies. Talked to my Dr. today and he said I could go back to Pentasa (no risks during pregnancy) or stay on 6MP. I dont want to flare-up yet I want a healthy baby. Any thoughts?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in the ileum, 2005. Treated with Pentasa and Prednisone. Had surgery June, 2009 to remove intestine and fistula. Will be starting 6MP.

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   Posted 8/6/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a healthy baby and perfect pregnancy on pentasa alone. I went off 6mp before hand, but had been on it for a while. I guess it depends on how well you feel and how the 6mp is working for you. I was ready to go off the 6mp anyway. Have you talked to both your GI and OB? GIs tend to be better at assisting with these decisions. Good luck!

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   Posted 8/6/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
It is more risky to the baby's health for you to stop meds and flare than for you to stay on one of these meds and not flare.

Both Pentasa and 6MP are considered safe during pregnancy.

Since 6MP is shown to be better than Pentasa at keeping a person in remission, and since both are safe, staying on the 6MP seems to be the way to go -- assuming you're tolerating it ok (you mentioned you just recently started it).

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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree many Moms have had successful pregnancies and deliveries while on meds such as Imuran/6mp, Remicade and Humira. I agree with Beave, its better to stay a healthy mom.

Good luck and congratulations on your new addition!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 8/7/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on pentasa and imuran during problems. Congrats and good luck.
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