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Britney_
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   Posted 1/25/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it necessary to get the promethius testing prior to starting 6mp? 
 
 
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Christine1946
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
     I have no idea, but I can tell you this.....my GI doctor didn't send me for that prometheus test until I was already on the 6MP for about six months!!!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
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.


Red_34
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
The Prometheus test can check for certain enzymes to see if you would be a greater candidate for 6mp or Imuran. It can also show if you lack those enzymes because if you do then you won't be able to take either meds.
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UCinGV
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I took it a few months after being on it. It is supposed to judge if you are taking too much or too little.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran


Scrap Girl
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to run these by your insurance first. I had trouble getting mine to pay for the tests and they pay for just about everything.

Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Colazal (9 a day)
Folic Acid
Biotin
Calcium
Remicade


hana24
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I did the test and I am glad I did because I can't take it - my insurance didn't cover $85 worth of the test...
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)


Red_34
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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
For the initial Prometheus test, I had to pay $65 out of pocket but the Prometheus Metabolites tests I don't have to pay anything because according to my insurance that is considered a "maintenance" bloodwork.
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-worked great!, OA in my fingers -Celebrex and Tylonel Arthritis
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UC Mom
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
When my son had his first Prometheus (sp) test, the doctor drew the blood, and sent it directly to California, or wherever the lab is. We could never get insurance to pay because it was "out of network".  The next time, and a new doctor, we were sent to a local hospital that took the blood, and sent it to Prometheus, but somehow we paid the hospital (in network) and it all worked out. We paid a small amount, as opposed to  the entire bill.
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
6MP 100 mg. per day
Vitamin Supplements
Culturelle


Another UC wife
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not check beforehand and it was out of network. I called the customer service # and explained the necessity of this test and they did an override and paid it. As I recall 3 tests were ordered for a total of about $895? if I recall correctly. Happy we didn't have to absorb that bill.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone  12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


redbull
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
wife of redbull.The doctor was doing this prometheus lab every 3 to 6 months the insurace said it would not pay they said it was exploratory and they would not pay it cost right at 300.00 my ins stuck me with 275.00. I told the dr not to do this lab so often it is to expensive I told him what the ins said he got alittle upset he saidthat he could right a letter and fight it but I haven't bothered I told the Dr just do reg Lab work and not Prometheus so much he agreed and I'm still paying on my prometheus lab. Good Luck. Ps it is a good complete Organ panel lab work so it is necessary to do it.
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