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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 6/5/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI's recommended I start using it as the Colazide has been ineffective and the Pred hasn't helped me much whilst I've been flaring lately. I don't think I've got much choice tell the truth, and if it meant some quality of life, I'd be willing to give it a shot. I just wondered what people's experiences were like on it?


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   Posted 6/5/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on azathioprine for quite awhile and it helped me get off/stay off the prednisone and did seem to help. The only reason I'm not taking it right now is I have no insurance until next month and I didn't want to be on it without being under a doctor's supervision since you're supposed to get routine bloodwork done to watch for abnormal changes.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 6/5/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I went on aza to get off pred. I have been on it a little over 2 years. While it did take awhile to kick in for me (about 5 months) it is working. I do get tired more often since starting aza. I have bloodwork done every 3 months and I see my GI every 6 months.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 173
   Posted 6/5/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Been on it for about 6 years now and the only "problems" I've had are less energy and at my last check up I was a little low on Iron. My GI thinks it was what kept me in Remission all this time.
Age 18
Diagnosed September '01 : Remission since July '02
Asacol- 4 pills 3xday
Azathioprine- 75mg 1xmorning
Centrium A-Z multi-vitamin
Took Remicade 3 times, BIG FAN!!!!
Have Taken: Prednisone, Flagyl, Zantac (for acid reflex)

Silent Lucidity
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 625
   Posted 6/5/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Going back on it tomorrow.It's no big deal as long as you get routine blood work,and the common side effects are far less severe than pred.For many people it's a very effective drug,both to achieve and maintain remission.I think you should definitely give it a go,but as someone stated previously,it takes quite a while to "kick in"(3-6 months in most cases),so be patient and give it a chance(if you decide to take it).
Procto-Sigmoiditis dx 1995.First Colonoscopy in ten years,on 29th Feb 2008,revealed moderate to severe Pancolitis.
Current meds;Awaiting blood work before re-commencing Azathioprine.Pentasa 2 x 500mg 4 x daily.
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