Hi - new to posting a question although I've been reading your forum for months - which is a wonderful help for people. My hubbie was diagnosed in '93, in remission on and off over the years with Asacol and Prednisone for the flares. The last 2 years have been hard on him, can't get off the pred & can't get into remission. His doctor started him on 6MP about
5 weeks ago, with goal of getting him off pred. He has blood tests every other week, so far tests are good for the 6MP. No real success from the 6MP yet, doc said it'd be 2-3 months for effects to show. From all I read about
people on remacaid, 6MP, asacol, pred, Pentasa, etc. - it seems that UC patients go from one drug to another, trying to find something that will get them into remission and a 'normal' life. We visited a gastro surgeon when the 6MP drug was started and she said to give it a try before thinking of surgery. I wonder why more UC patients don't opt for the surgery to get off the drugs. I read the brochures the surgeon gave us so I know what it entails. I want to help hubby as much as I can and I know he's miserable with his current health. His UC seems to be at the center of our lives and it's very frustrating.
Thanks for listening.
Loving and Supportive VA Spouse