6mp and swine flu

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julee70
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   Posted 6/2/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone's doctor suggested going off 6MP until the swine flu outbreak slows?
I'm just curious since it seems that if one has an underlying condition that makes the body weaker, then there's a higher risk of swine flu being fatal. On the other hand, I think I read that having a not-robust immune system seems to be a plus.

I would assume that there's no greater reason to worry than with regular flu, but I haven't had a chance to make an appointment with my doctor so I'm wondering if anyone else has asked this question of their doctors yet.

Thanks and I hope I'm not alarming anyone. I just want to be sure I've learned about this and made a reasonable decision.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/2/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
While waiting to see my gastro a couple weeks ago, I read a flyer on swine flu put out by the affiliated university medical center. I burst out laughing because its main recommendation was to "avoid sick people"! I think there's no major cause for alarm right now, but the situation may change next winter. That's the pandemic pattern epidemiologists seem to be worried about: a new flu strain tends to sprout in spring then die down & rear up much stronger the following winter. I doubt, though, that any IBD gastro would advise their patients to cut back on meds as a blanket routine response to public health bugs. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
It takes up to 6 months for 6mp/immuran to get out of your system so it probably wouldnt matter one way or the other.

suebear
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   Posted 6/2/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
The doses of 6mp given for UC patients is low. Those that take it for cancer are more at risk for infections as their dose is much higher.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Christine1946
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   Posted 6/2/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
     I know several people living with cancer but yet none of them even heard of 6MP.  For what cancer type do they use 6MP??  My rear is really giving me uncomfort today.  Feel like cutting it out myself and putting a bag in there.
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.


julee70
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses, OldHat, Summerstorm, Suebear. I had thought that it wasn't really worth worrying about since "avoiding sick people," as Old Hat said, is ridiculous.

I'll stick to washing my hands and trying not to touch my face absent-mindedly!
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


Red_34
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Christine, they use 6mp in Leukemia patients. When I was taking my gma in for chemo I heard the nurses just referring it as Mercap.
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