Conception while on Imuran

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   Posted 8/27/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody know the risks involved to the baby if the farther was on Imuran at the time of conception?

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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I just asked my doctor yesterday about this. I guess I'm in the same situation you are.

My doctor said that they have done studies that showed no increased risk of birth defects, and that the drug companies warning about that are covering their butts just in case so they don't get sued.
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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also researched this, from the male's point of view. Most studies and warnings for drugs and pregnancy involve the mother only. While that doesn't mean it can't harm the male or cause birth defects, there just isn't much research out there. My GI told me to go ahead and not worry about it. I had a sperm analysis done, and my count was fine although my morphology was a bit low. But I had it done again and it was OK. My wife's gyno had it checked primarily because she thought the count might be low. I did have more white blood count show up than normal, I guess, but I attribute that to the imuran.
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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell!

The only issue I know about for males on Imuran is a reduced sperm count.

Best of luck!
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