I know 6mp and imuran are similar so I pose these questions to people taking either one...
Once you had been on the immunosuppressant for awhile did your GI doctor take you off other UC meds like asacol, canasa, rowasa, sulfasalazine, etc?
I've been on 6mp about
5 months. My UC isn't bad (compared to my last flare) but I'm not in remission either. My frequency is down (about
twice a day) and no blood lately, these are the good things. But still urgency, loose movements, sometimes yellow liquid involved (maybe bile), often mucus, undigested vegetables come back through (even soft cooked ones), sometimes mild pain (not bad), and always lots of gas. Also I seem to have "fast track" where whatever I eat or dinner or before bed is apparent in the toilet the next morning.
I went to my GI last week and she said first taper completely off the asacol. Then taper completely off the canasa. So all that will be left is the 6mp. She made that all sound like it should be a piece of cake and said to come back for my next appointment in 4 months (which is a longer stretch than usual).
This whole thing makes me a bit nervous. I don't know which meds are keeping my UC somewhat controlled. And going off meds would make more sense to me if I was digesting food better (she says I don't need digestive enzymes) and having firmer movements without mucus or bile.
Did you go off other meds once immunsuppressed? Other comments/opinions?
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- glad to be off prednisone (was on April thru Sept)
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, gradually tapering off asacol/mesalamine, canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, fiber supplements, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills
Post Edited (piper_chris) : 11/1/2008 6:06:04 PM (GMT-6)