Been on 6MP for almost six years. I was on 50 mgm but experienced my second flare in less than a year in remission. My GI increased my dosage to 100 mgm on June 11th. I am on 30 mgm of prednisone and tapering by 5mgm weekly. Bleeding is gone, still have some pain in rectum. My main problem is ulcerative proctitis. I also take Colazal, Cort enemas nightly and Canasa suppository in a.m.
I have experienced some thinning of the hair, but try Nioxin. It works wonders! You can purchase it the hair dressers. 6MP does take anywhere from three to six months to "kick in" along with the prednisone. However, it has NOT kept me out of flares.
I am not a candidate for Remicade because I was exposed to the TB virus years ago while working in a hospital lab and the Remicade could activate the TB.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning. Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure. Getting old is a b****.