Imuran - side effects

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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got the prescription for the imuran filled but am worried to start taking it.  Can anyone tell me if they are on it and have any side effects?  Does your white blood cell count drop low ?  How often do you go for blood work to check this?  Any hair loss?  I hope this will take care of the rest of the inflammation that the pentasa and entocort have not been able to help with.

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   Posted 11/6/2007 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris, I have been on Imuran for over 2 years and have no-side effects. My Gi doctor does blood
work on me and everything is fine.

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 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 11/6/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,I have been on Imuron for a little over a year and have had no side effects,my GI checks my blood wrok every month. I was scared to death to start taking it also. Good Luck!! :-)

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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris...I feel the same insecurity you feel. I have to commit or not commit to Imuran on Thursday. From all the things I have read here and some great support from my local CCFA group last month, I think I am ready to take the meds. Keep me up to date on how you are doing!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor's protocol is a blood test 2 weeks after I start the drug, then every month for 6 months or so, then maybe every couple of months after that. Usually if you're going to have issues with the drug it will show up in the beginning, but not always. My doctor's been great about it, if we have any question whether something I'm going through may be caused by the drug, I'm off the drug, but so far it's always been temporary. We have had to reduce the dosage in the past because of my liver panels, but I was still able to stay on it.

We're still testing my liver for problems, but I'm still on 6MP (Imuran sister drug) until/unless we find a reason to take me off. I take it as a maintenance drug.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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