Azathioprine (Imuran) blood tests

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Beth75
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been going weekly to get these done next week I think will be my 5th week my white and red counts have been normal.  For the people that have been on this, how often do you do blood tests?  Is it just something in the begining or does it turn into monthly?  I will ask my Doc, but I was just thinking about this.
 
Thanks!
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 150mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 2xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


kb5
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I had blood tests once a week for the first month then monthly after that. After three months I also had another prometheus test. I feel like a pin coushin.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


UCreallySUCKS
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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/14/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I only get it done every month or 2, from the beginning.  Probably because I don't have insurance, so it's all out of pocket for me.  I've been lucky enough not to have anything to far out of norm on the results.  But it should be done more often if you have insurance, or the funds.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
10mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


Red_34
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
When I first started 6mp, I had to go weekly for about a month then it was every 2 weeks then every 4. Now I go every 3 months to have my blood drawn. I also had the initial Prometheus test, then the Prometheus metabolization test twice (it see's how you're metabolizing the med; whether or not your in the thereuputic range) . My first metabolization test showed I was on the low end of normal so my doc increased my dosage. 2nd one showed that I was metabolizing it just right after the increase.
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schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
With me it is every other week - only because I had pancreatitus induced from the Immuran - so for my 6mp and remi it is every two weeks
 
pin cushion bob!

Beth75
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
lol, yes, I know the pin cushion feeling!!! I look like a heroin addict from my hospital stay last friday and had to get more blood drawn monday, I have 5 needle/iv marks.......good thing it's cold out and I can wear long sleeves comfortably.

I still can't get used to needles though, I am better than before, but I just cannot look and always gasp when they stick the needle in.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 150mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 2xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


cycling_sasquatch
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 167
   Posted 11/14/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Every couple of months only. I just kicked it up to 150, though, and am a bit worried and would like the tests done more often. They cost me nothing, so I figure why not?
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Currently:
Azathioprine (Imuran) 125mg/day
Prednisone 2.5mg/day (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic


LadyHawk701
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 49
   Posted 11/14/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first started Imuran in Aug I was at 50 mg.  I had blood work done weekly, then they bumped me up to 100.mg and the blood draws were every 2 weeks.   Yesterday I did the Prometheus (sp) test to see if I'm at optimal dosing and if they do increase it I will keep getting draws every two weeks for a while.  The GI said if they don't increase I can have draws every 2 months.  Yesterday when the tech was drawing blood it hurt more than usual she said she thought she felt scar tissue when she put the needle in. Gee I wonder why:)
Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Rowasa, Asacol, Colazal, Entorcort
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis
Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Flagyl, Remicade, Demerol, Prednisone, Antibiotics
Prednisone tapering currently down to 5mg
Imuran 100mg
Remicade every 8 wks next treatment the week of Thanksgiving:(
Zoloft 100mg
Phenergen as needed
Mama to Katie and Jack
 


kb5
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   Posted 11/14/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
They increased my dose today so I am back to every two weeks and another promethus in three weeks. Hopefully my bruises from the last round will be healed by then!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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