6mp are used at much much higher doses for Lukemia and organ transplants. So what we take is minimal compared to that. I sincerely hope that was a typo 500mgs? I would think it's more of 50mgs right? I started out at 25mgs, had my blood tests, increased to 50mgs, had my blood tests, increased again to 100mgs on Mon and Thurs with 50mgs on the other days. I was raised because my Prometheus test was showing that I was on the low end of metabolizing the med so my doc increased it.
This September, I will be on this for 2 years. It has given me my life back. Before I was flaring constantly with no reprieve and now my symptoms are minimal to non existent and even if I flare now, it's pretty minor. My initial side effects were fatigue, nausea and headaches. It took about a month for the side effects to lessen. Everytime I had to increase the mg's though I had some side effects again. I wouldn't say that the side effects impacted my life any, just made it a bit miserable for a while.
And yes, the weekly blood tests stop. Right now I go in every 3 months to have my blood tested. The blood tests are to be sure that your liver is handling the med right. They check your WBC and liver function. If any of it is elevated, they either lower your dose or have you stop it.
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs), Hydrocortisone E's, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Allergies-Singulair
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