I've been on 6-mp for awhile now, I think around 5-6 years (I'm 25 now and pretty sure I started it when I was around 20.) I think I could have been more responsible but at 20, I didn't really research it that much. But I'm glad I didn't because you can really scare yourself reading all the literature on things out there! I mean, I still haven't started Humira yet but I was starting to get freaked out with reading about all the possible side effects
I have my masters in art education and have ALWAYS had jobs working with kids (Currently I'm a substitute teaching, and also teach a fashion class to little girls, and I also facepaint so right there is 3 jobs I do where I'm working with sick, germy kids.)
Unfortunately it's not working for me, Crohns wise so I'm looking into other options but I never got super sick with infections because of it. What it did do to me, however, was effect my liver so my bloodwork was often a mess so I would often have to lower the dosage (which is why I think it doesn't work for me)
I do often get sick, sore throughts, coughs that last way longer than they should, etc. but I don't think that's from the 6-mp because I've ALWAYS been that way...I just thought it was something the Crohn's did...makes you sicker because your immune system is compromised and yadah yadah yadah
The 6-mp used to really help my Crohns a lot before I started sucking and my liver decided to be annoying.
Don't let all the literature scare you away! Good luck!
25 year old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 after being misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease for a year. Have been on Prednisone, Asacol, Entocort, and Remicade in the past.
100 50 mg of Mercaptopurine and 10 mg of Prednisone. 5 day hospital stay April
Trying to get on Humira but having insurance issues.. :(