I had a number of questions for the doctor at Mayo recently and he knew that they were motivated by my concern about
the imuran my husband is on. He told us to please not be so overly concerned about
that particular drug - he said it is a safe drug if you are not experiencing any ill effects from it and he requires a blood test (3 different ones) every single month before he will write a prescript
ion for another 30 days.
He is monitoring and watching very closely for the first year. As long as things are going as they have been then after the year then maybe the blood work is every 3,4 or 6 months??? Didn't ask about
that as we have a good 10 more months to go on the monthly monitoring.
That being said - if that drug is helping you and you are being monitored then it is obviously something that works and helps you. But for those above who had such a bad reaction to the drug that is a real shame you had to go through that. Hopefully the next drug will work much better and offer some relief.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 2 1/2 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month