Imuran / Azathioprine.

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Scottishcammy
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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Started today, one 50mg tablet after breakfast until blood test results for enzymes.
I couldn't believe when I read the side effects....they're listed all these cancers under COMMON side effects?! I must admit, I'm kind of concerned about this! Anyone share their thoughts/information on this?

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MicheleV
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   Posted 1/18/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I of course brought those concerns to my dr as well. I believe my dr. told me my chances were MUCH higher that I would get cancer from my colon being constantly inflamed before I would ever get cancer from Imuran.

I believe the doses we take for colitis are very low in comparison to the doses the inserts talk about as causing cancer. Cancer is certainly not a "common" side effect.

My doctor told me not to expect anything to happen..but if anything, I might be tired or naseous. I wasnt either of those..

I really would not worry if I were you. I know people who have been on it for decades with no problems at all.

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tjf
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   Posted 1/18/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I could be wrong here....but they are talking about taking Imuran in super high doses. For example those that use it for organ transplants.

Oh and just an FYI. I used to take Imuran in the mornings but it made me nauseous all day. Now I take it before bed.
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Scottishcammy
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   Posted 1/18/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.
Diagnosed Indeterminate Colitis 25/11/2007 1 x Solofalk Enema/day 40mg Prednisolone 35mg Prednisolone 30mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 25mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 15mg Prednisolone 4g Pentasa/day

Taken off Pentasa and now on 15mg Prednisolonem Omeprazole 20mgm 2 x Calcium Adcal D3, and started 50mg Azathioprine/Imuran.


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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Tab is right. Those warnings are for high doses and at the doses we take, the risk of cancer is VERY low.
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Scottishcammy
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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheers. I was aware of the risk just from having read about it, but the consultant never mentioned it at all. You can imagine my face when I read the leaflet!
Diagnosed Indeterminate Colitis 25/11/2007 1 x Solofalk Enema/day 40mg Prednisolone 35mg Prednisolone 30mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 25mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 15mg Prednisolone 4g Pentasa/day

Taken off Pentasa and now on 15mg Prednisolone, Omeprazole 20mg, 2 x Calcium Adcal D3, and started 50mg Azathioprine/Imuran.


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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh no doubt!

My GI warned me of the low risk of lymphomas before I started so I was warned ahead of time. Your consultant should of mentioned it to you.
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