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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hi guys first timer here just started imuran 100mg after finding out the hard way have a sensitivity to 5asa group am concerned because it is an immunosuppressor! Have others been recommended to take immune  boosters at the same time or would this defeat the purpose any advice wil be great.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to Hw :) We have many here who are on an immune suppressing medication including myself. What sort of information are you looking for?
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   Posted 11/13/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi beefree and welcome.  I have been on 6MP for about five years now.  The doctor never recommended an immune booster.  It does sound like a good idea, but it may defeat the purpose of the 6MP.  What would be the purpose of taking an immunosuppressant if you take an immune booster?  I do have my blood tested every month to make sure my white count doesn't dip below 3.5  When I was on 50 mgm of the 6MP my WBC was 7.  Now the doctor has me taking 75 mgm of the 6MP because I  have had a flare every year for the last three years.  Sometimes I wonder about these drugs, if they are just a hit and miss (because no one knows the cause of UC).  I refuse Remicade (which my doctor was pushing for a few years).  I was exposed to the TB virus back in the 60's and Remicade can activate the virus which is dormant in my system.
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Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Imuran for a while... It's been helpful. I wouldn't recommend immune boosters as UC is autoimmune so boosting something you are trying to suppress might not make much sense...

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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Imuran over a year and have never been sick. I take a multivitamin, but nothing specific to boost the immune system.
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   Posted 11/13/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for that one an all. to paindrain how long after commencing imuran did you see results and have you had many infections because of it.thanks again

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   Posted 11/14/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
hello! i've been on immuran since last spring (150 mg) and haven't had any infections because of it. i also have to get my blood tested every month to check my white blood cell count levels. my doctor tried lowering me from 150 mg to 100 mg over the summer and i think that this is the reason i flared again. after i went back to 150 mg, i started to get better. so with immuran, it's a balancing act but it's well worth it because for me it works! good luck!
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