Pregnancy and UC

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 6/16/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
There is baby fever going on around my job. It seems like everyone is pregnant! LOL. However, my boyfriend and I have discussed marriage and eventually children. I am really concerned about being on Colazal, 6-MP, and Remicade during pregnancy. Is it imperative to keep taking the medications during pregnancy? I wanted to go cold turkey when it happens. Any insights?? I am also on Canasa suppositories.
p.s. Just wanted to get information regarding this issue...not pregnant now! lOL
Colazal 750 mg 3x3 daily
6-MP 50 mg (2) daily
Miralax-when needed
Rowasa-when needed
Been diagnosed with UC for 5 years

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 6/16/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
When we were trying to get pregnant my doc told me it was better for me to continue taking the Remicade than to risk my health and the pregnancy by stopping cold turkey. I'm not sure about the 6MP - for some reason I think I remember that one not being OK for pregnancy. The docs told me being in remission was the priority for pregnancy. Good luck with your plans!
34 year old female, Diagnosed 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 369
   Posted 6/16/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Sounds like u have plenty of time to figure it all to your GI about this subject also.
Colazal is a class B drug, able to be used in pregnancy. I am not sure which can't be used, remicade or imuran...check into this.
I took 6mp through out my pg, under the care of a perinatologist(high risk pregnancy doctor) along w/ my OB and my GI. They all agreed that remission or under control UC was better than flaring UC. Flaring in early pg, can lead to many complications.
I did not have any issues related to the 6mp. However, i did flare almost right away after being in remission 1 yr prior to getting pg. I ended up on 40mg pred twice during, and remained on 10 mg till delivery.  I went into preterm labor at 25wks, and stopped meds because i wanted to breast feed a preemie...i delivered at 34wks and breastfed till baby was 8wks old, and was flaring to bad and had to stop so i could get back on my meds ( u can NOT breastfeed on 6mp).
good luck!
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 112
   Posted 6/16/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc kept me on meds and I flared anyway...but i take 9 colazal a day plus right now 20 mg pred and 2 cortifoam enemas daily. both drs (gi and ob) agreed that those drugs are fine to be on while pregnant. i don't know about remicade or 6mp! good luck!
3x3 colazol a day (non-generic)
1000 mg canasa bedtime
3 entocort a day
20 mg prednisone daily
2 cortifoam enemas daily
prenatal vitamin
28 weeks pregnant with our first's a girl :)

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