Does anyone still flare while being on Aza/Imuran/6mp?

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pupluv
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Been a long time, but you are all such a wealth of information...I have been taking Azathioprine for 2 yrs now. I have had little mini flares in the last couple of years, but nothing serious at all. I have been in a full flare up for the last 2 weeks, cramping, D, the whole thing. I was really hoping this drug would keep me under control longer. I can't increase my dosage according to the prometheus test I took a while back, so I'm hoping this will pass. Do any of you still have bad flares while on these drugs? Does this mean the Aza is no longer working? Could you tell me your experiences? I've had this disease so long and still can't figure it out!
 
Thanks!
Donna
Donna
Diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in 1992
current meds
4 asacol 3x's a day
Azathioprine
Rowasa enemas as needed
VSL3
Bunches of vitamins


winni
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for this question! I was just going to ask something similar because i have been on 6-mp for about a year now, and the last 7 or months have been great, which for me is a record, but i was really hoping for a longer remission! But now I am flaring and don't know if the 6-mp stopped working, or if this is just a little blip. I would like to add to this question if I may:
If you still do flare when on Aza, 6-mp or imuran then how do you get out of the flares? Do you have to get on pred, or do you do something else? Thanks so much, i'm seeing my GI tomorrow and would love to have some idea of what to expect
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, 6mp 75 mg, canasa 1,000mg 2x daily
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil, kombucha, metamucil fiber wafers.
osteopenia from all this prednisone.
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pupluv
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Winni, I was also in remission for about 7mos. before I had a mini flare. I add rowasa and steroid enemas which makes me feel better right away. But this flare is much worse and I am wondering if the Aza is not working anymore.
 
Donna
Donna
Diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in 1992
current meds
4 asacol 3x's a day
Azathioprine
Rowasa enemas as needed
VSL3
Bunches of vitamins


Ouchie2
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 5/5/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Aza worked for 6 months then 6mp worked for 6 months ....now looking at the next step....
38 year old female
UC - Diagnosed 2006
HLA-B27 Gene
Iritis 2008
4 x Asacol
100mg Mercaptopurine (6MP)
Doxycycline


Christine1946
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   Posted 5/5/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
     EW boy, looks like six months is the magic number here.  I've been in remission for six months.  Keeping my fingers crossed that remission continues.  To answer your question...I have been on 6MP for over five years and still suffer yearly flares.
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.


pupluv
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 256
   Posted 5/5/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine, do you feel that 6mp has reduced the severity of your flares? How long do your flares last? Thank you for your response.
Donna
Donna
Diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in 1992
current meds
4 asacol 3x's a day
Azathioprine
Rowasa enemas as needed
VSL3
Bunches of vitamins


firstgradeteacher
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 5/5/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking 4 azathioprine each day.  I could not get my uc under control with azathioprine, asacol, and prednisone. I ended up on Remicade.  I have been getting infusion for 2 years and 4 months.  I feel that it is not working as well at this time.
 
Remicade every 7 weeks
Asacol 1600 milligrams
Azathioprine 200 milligrams
Effexor 75 milligrams
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