I've been on 6MP for over six years. The doctor put me on 75 mgm but my white count went down to 2.4 and I was not a happy camper over that. I cut it down to 50 mgm and the white count (in March) went up to 2.9. I go for monthly CBC's, liver function and pancreatic enzyme levels every three months.
It is surprising to me that the doctor started you on Remicade before the 6MP. Remicade is not an option for me because years ago I was exposed to the TB virus while working in a lab.
I can only tell you how 6MP works for me. I was diagnosed with UC in 98. Started the 6MP in 03. I still get flares every year or so. As a matter of fact, they seem to be getting closer together. My last flare ended Nov of 08. I was hospitalized for ten days May of 08. I am now starting to have symptoms of another flare, so back on the Cort enemas and Canasa.
To be totally honest with you. I think this is a hit and miss thing for doctors. They have no idea what the cause is, therefore, no idea how to successfully treat it. I do know that stress plays a big factor but not so much diet. Also, my paternal grandmother died from rectal cancer and my dad had colon issues, so it definitely has some hereditary influences.
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.