Blood test before taking 6mp?

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   Posted 4/14/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am getting a blood test before I start taking 6mp that goes to Prometheus lab in CA. How many of you had this done? What exactly will this test tell me? I think my GI said it will tell us how fast we can increase the dose? I'm so scared about taking this drug so any words of encouragement would be much appreciated.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The Prometheus test shows whether or not you can even tolerate 6mp or Imuran. This test shows if you have the proper enzymes to correctly break it down. Afterwards, once you've been on 6mp for a while, you may have the Prometheus Metabolites test. This shows how well you are stabilizing the medication and if you are at the proper levels. Plus you should also be getting frequent blood testing to check your CBC as well as your liver enzyme levels.

I was scared too when I first started taking it. But after putting it off for 3 months, I decided to go ahead with it. I was tired of flaring and not being able to do anything. I am intolerant to meslamines and I was becoming steroid enema dependant. I just was not getting any better. You may notice that when you start taking it that you will be more fatigued then normal, also you may have headaches and maybe nausea. I found that if I take it at night, it helped tremendously! So if your doc tells you to take it in the morning, ask him if you can take it at night instead. I found that when I switched to taking it at night, I slept thru most of the side effects. Also too, the side effects only lasted about a month. It can take about 3-6 months before it will start working though. This is not an immediate medication. It takes a while to start doing it's job.
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