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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor wants me to start taking this today. It freaks me out though. Mostly because this is more often used to treat cancer. Is anyone else taking this. What are your experiences?
Diagnosed with Severe Ulcerative Colitis in Dec 2005 at age 19
2nd flare up-Hospitalized for 41 days (april-may 2008)
prednisone 25mg (tapering)-taking sicne 2005 :(
asacol 400mg-9 pills a day
remicade (just started)
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Attempting Diet-Eat right for your blood type (Type O)

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 7/22/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Try doing a search using the Google bar above and type in either mercaptopurine or 6mp. After you have read the other posts from HW, if you should have any questions don't hesitate to ask ok? We seem to have a consensus that this med has mixed reviews - either it will work or it won't. But what you read on the internet about 6mp is that it is based off transplant recipients and/or cancer patients. They are at a much higher dose then we are and all those reviews can be scary. We are at such low doses compared to that, that we don't get nearly as many side effects as others that use this med at higher doses.
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Mommy pooh
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 7/22/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep in mind that it takes a while to see results. My regular GI said about 5 weeks but I saw a specialist yesterday that said it takes 3 months to work. I started to see improvement right at 3 months on 6MP. I have been on 6MP 4 months now and am not having flare symptoms anymore.
  • 25 years old, married, Mommy to 18 mo. old 
  • Ulcerative Colitis since Sept. 2004
    • 1st flare Sept-Nov 2004
    • 2nd flare Aug. 2007-July 08 feeling better every day
  • Currently taking:75mg 6MP, and weaning off Entocort at 3mg, 4 Lialda, Digestive Advantage Chrons/Colitis, Women's One a Day, Loestrin 24, and allergy shots every other week
  • Past meds: Pred., Dipentum, and Canassa


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