entocort and imuran

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lenie
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 9/14/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing so well on the Imuran (started it July 2nd)   I'm on it about 2 1/2 months now.  I tapered off of the entocort for 3 months so I'm completely off of it as of Aug 4th.    Been having just one bm a day since the beginning of July... Hallelujah.  Yesterday I had 6 bm's and today again the same.  I'm hoping it's not my body saying..hey where is that entocort.  I hate to think I have to go back on that.  When I started the Imuran and still tapering off the entocort I felt like I could walk on water.  I haven't felt that good in 3 years.  Hoping this is just a little set back. 
 
 
Meds:  Asacol 2 tablets 3x a day
Entocort 3 capsules for a week when flaring
Canasa when flaring
Xanax for anxiety
Nexium
Imuran-started 7/1/08


Asia
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 188
   Posted 9/16/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing the same thing. Every time I try to taper of my 6mg does of Entocort I start to flare. GI put me on Imuran. I've been on Imuran for one month so far but on 150mg for 2 weeks. I had to increase slowly because Imuran has given me problems in the past. I've already noticed a slight difference. Some of my stools have been formed (which I don't remember ever seeing before!) and I've been going less. Yesterday I went TWICE. I keep thinking something is wrong because only going twice is just weird. I feel off!! So, I've been going 2-4 times the last week.

Are you a girl?

How much Entocort were you on and how did you taper?
I'm not too sure how to taper my Entocort. The way the GI does it (2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,0) is just too fast of a taper. So, I'm making my own up.

Have you had any side effects from the Imuran?

Suffered for my whole life before being diagnosed.

Told to "Eat more fibre "



Currently on:

Salofalk
1500mg x 4/day
Entocort 6mg once a day
Imuran 150mg once a day

Post Edited (Asia) : 9/16/2008 5:16:13 PM (GMT-6)


lenie
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 9/16/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Asia- Yes I'm female. When the doc started me on the Imuran he had me taper off the entocort slowly, 3 for a month, then 2 for a month and then 1 for a month. I felt great while I was doing this. Had just one bm a day. I forgot how wonderful going once felt like. I was smiling when I walked out of the bathroom. Now that I'm completely off the entocort I'm slipping back to cramping and going 6 or 8 times a day. I go back to my doc on Friday and ask him about it. As much as I don't like the entocort, I just felt great while I was on it. I also take Asacol, 2 three times a day. The only side effect I've had from the Imuran is I do feel tired during the day. I don't have the energy I usually have. I'm hoping this will pass as my body adjusts to it. Hope you keep having good days.
Meds:  Asacol 2 tablets 3x a day
Entocort 3 capsules for a week when flaring
Canasa when flaring
Xanax for anxiety
Nexium
Imuran-started 7/1/08

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