The Dr at Mayo clinic knew how concerned I was due to all the questions I had on my list that I was asking him on behalf of my husband regarding imuran (aza)
He told me not to be overly concerned. He said that it is a very safe drug if monitored properly(monthly blood tests are faxed to him before he has his secry fax a month's prescript
ion to our pharmacy) and is tolerated within the limits by my husband. So far so good.
Once the year is over I don't know if the monitoring will be every 3 or every 6 months but he is watching real close this first year.
I recall his local GI mentioning something about
a 5 year committment way back when...not sure what that is all about
The Mayo Dr mentioned after the prednisone is eliminated (which it is) getting off all pain meds (maybe we are heading in that direction) and tapering the rectal meds which is already happening - he is not using the canasa on a regular daily basis and now using the cortifoam 3-4 times a week.
It will be interesting to see if the asacol gets decreased from 12 to whatever each day and ultimately does the imuran also get decreased?????
I know it has been said many times on this board about
the mistake of getting off all meds but when a person is in a good remission do less meds keep you on a maintenance so that less medication is continually being processed by your body???
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month