azathioprine and Remicade

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hana24
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there anyone who is on both of these? My doctor wants me to be as the remicade is helping but not completely putting me in remission. He said there was a recent study done that the cancer risk is the same if you take both than if you take either one by its self. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone have an opinion on which one is more dangerous?
Jessica 27/F
Remicade
Entorcort 9ml
Lialda 2.4GM
Citalopram 20 MG
omeprazole(for acid reflex)
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day and Prednisone, Asacol ,colazal, Culturelle, dicyclomine)


Katmom
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter stayed on 6mp, and added Remicade. She had a 4th infusion yesterday, and it was a double dose( 10 mgs per kg. No great news either way. I understand there are some increased risks-logical since the meds are big drugs with lots of implications, but that some doc's find that they work better in combination than alone. We are not doing well enough to eliminate anything, but if we were to improve, the 6mp would be reduced.
Fingers crossed.
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC .
Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednizone 50mg, major flare, now off!, Hosp. four x this yr. Low residue diet still, an
6MP, Colazol ,horrible acne/moon for awhile- No more Pred,but 6mp isn't working. Cortafoam enemas 4xweek
Trying probiotics, fish oil, and Mangosteen for kicks.
update:
Had 3rd infusion of Remicade, and still on all of the other drugs, except Flagyl and Pred. Better, not healed. In a drug trial for children. In an 'iffy' state-- on a flare's edge.


vb4girl
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 12/16/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I took 6mp and Remicade together for 2 years and now I am off the 6mp......I am unsure about azathioprine......
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1999

Major Flare 6/2006- in hospital for a week where I received ALOT of IV prednisone and 1st Remicade Infusion. Continued on bed rest for an additional week.

Current Meds-
Off Prednisone since Oct 2006.
6mp- 100 mg at night- SUCCESSFULLY TAPERED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2008!
Remicade Infusions every 8 or 9 weeks-last infusion 10/2008, next one is next monday.

Considering Probiotics.


Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
hi- I've been on both for a long time, almost 2 years. I started Imuran well before going onto Remicade, & at the time, my GI told me that one should be on either 6MP or Azathioprine for a few months before going on Remicade. Apparently it lessens the chances of the body creating antibodies to the Remicade. Yes, the lymphoma risk is higher with the 2 drugs. But I don't know.... they're doing ok by me so far!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


hana24
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 354
   Posted 12/16/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the imput - Im not sure why the doctor put me on Remicade first? Maybe he has just had more success with it. I am just so sick of not being healthy.
Jessica 27/F
Remicade
Entorcort 9ml
Lialda 2.4GM
Citalopram 20 MG
omeprazole(for acid reflex)
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day and Prednisone, Asacol ,colazal, Culturelle, dicyclomine)

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