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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   

First of all, I want to say hello to everyone, I have been a long time lurker, first time poster.


 To give a little bit of history about myself, I was diagnosed with Crohn's in DEC/97 and at that time had a resection taken place. I was placed on solofalk (sp?). Three years later I moved to Ontario, and with a new job and no benefits. I could not afford my meds, it was a tough choice but I was feeling fine and decided to stop taking them.


 Seven years later I am finally getting started on my dream career and guess who decided to pay a visit. For the past seven years I have been without medication and in all honesty have had it very easy with CD. Over the last few months I was having mild attacks here and there, until last week I had a very major attack, and checked myself into the hospital.


 After a few days of hydration and bed rest, I was lucky enough to get a colonoscopy done right away and found a new doctor to help me in the future. Unfortunately my crohn's is back and in full force, seeming to make up for lost time. My doctor gave me two new medications which I have researched to an extent. However I am just curious as to what the general user opinions of these medications are. He gave me Asacol first, and stated he didn’t want me on this long term, just for a short time. The main medication he gave me is Azathioprine.


 What I have read and understood of Azathioprine is kind of scaring me, it just seems everything is hitting pretty hard this time. Normally I am very passive and acceptable, just reading some information of this drug has me wondering.


 Thanks, it was nice to get that out. :-)

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Azathioprine is Imuran, which metabolizes into 6mp. That is a commonly used immunosuppressant in Crohn's. It ratchets down your immune system, in most cases just enough to reduce the autoimmune response that creates the inflammation and other symptoms of Crohn's. Many patients use is long term and have very good results. There have been a number of studies done on possible side effects, and the consensus is that aside from the white count suppression a small number of patients experience, the low dosages given to Crohn's patients are not a risk. Quite a few people on this forum --- including me -- have been on it for some time with good results and no problems.

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input MikeB, I feel better now.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I wish to welcome you first and so glad you have joined us. I also am Canadian. Imuran is one of the meds I am on two as well as Rmicade. You did good for 7 years that must have been wonderful. I just got my DX in Jan. but had IBS for 27 years . So far I have not had any sideeffects from the Imuran. Glad you are home from the hospital it sure was a wake up call for me when I was in there. lol gail
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