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04-08-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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Labwork - How often with Imuran?

How often do you all have labwork done? I just recently switched GI Docs as we relocated from Texas to Georgia. New Doctor said things seemed great and he wasn't going to change anything up, see him in 6 months. Now realizing that is a long time to go without labs. Thinking maybe this was overlooked.
3 Hemorhages (July '10, Sept '10, Oct '10) - no other Crohn's symptoms

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Currently on Entocort and Apriso and starting Imuran in December '10

History of Melanoma ('08) so avoiding TNF blockers.
04-08-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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I have been going every 3 months since I have been on Imuran. My files at the doctor were thicker than a phone book with the results.

04-08-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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my GI says once every 4 weeks
04-08-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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I go every month

Diagnosed: August 2006
Current Meds: Imuran (125 mg), Budesonide (9 mg)
04-08-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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I also go every month.
Dx: Moderate Crohn's in 3 locations
Doctor's orders: 200 mg Imuran
Have used: 4500 mg Pentasa, 4500 mg Salofalk, Flagyl, Cipro, 50 mg Prednisone, 9 mg Entocort.
Turned my Crohn's life around: ginger for nausea.
Claim to fame: "loopy and floppy" colon
04-08-2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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I get CBC every 2 months, CMP every 3 months. Before this I had both monthly. After being consistently good, he stretched the time in between.
February 2010 - diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
January 2011 - Inflammation downgraded from moderate-severe to mild with no symptoms!
January 2014 - adopted a mostly Paleo diet
May 2015 - still in remission!

Currently Taking
Humira - 40mg/week
Imuran - 125 mg/day
Calcium magnesium citrate
Fermented cod liver oil/butter blend
Culturelle probiotics
Vitamin D
Vitamin C
04-09-2011, 09:19 PM   #7
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I go every 2 weeks since starting imuran 50mg once a day. Doc says labs will change to monthly then every 3 month if everything stays good. The VA pays for the blood work but not the meds
I am also on humira every 2 weeks.
04-16-2011, 01:45 AM   #8
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Once every month. But after my colonscopy showed everything eh okay once every 6 months. I've been on it 8 months now.
28cm sm and L bowel removed, 200 mg Aza, monthly b12 injection,
calcium + vit d. Enjoying my surgery induced remission!
04-16-2011, 04:02 AM   #9
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When I first started it was every week for 2 months, then every month for 6 months and now it is every 3 months indefinitely. Hope this helped
current meds:
Azathioprine 100mg
Steroids (pred) 30mg and tapering

Starting Humira!!

Supplements: Multivitamin and vegetarian omega 3 flaxseed oil

Been on:
Pentasa, elemental diet tube feeds, polymeric diet (no diets worked) steroids many times
04-16-2011, 04:37 AM   #10
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Every three months now.
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04-16-2011, 10:06 PM   #11
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Gastro wants me to go every couple of weeks for the first two months.
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04-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #12
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Every week for a couple months. Reduce as needed.
04-22-2011, 09:06 AM   #13
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I was going every two months but will be kicking it up to every month since i just got upped to 350mg. So far I have zero side effects i think, i just got moved to 350 yesterday since 300mg wasn't working. After this I may be joining the Remicade club, really don't want to do that, but I am getting tired of the pain.
Diagnosed Oct 2009
Medications: 22APR11 Azathioprine (50mg) -
Remicade Fall 2014 every 8 weeks
04-30-2011, 09:25 PM   #14
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I just had labs after the first 2 weeks and then the 4 week I am not sure when I get them again...its been over a month...I"m wondering myself if its too long. See GI in a few weeks...I suspect he will order it then.
05-02-2011, 03:46 PM   #15
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Im just starting out , so ive been having them every week , soon to go to every 2 wks
Meds :

Methotrexate 20mg per week
Omeprazole 40mg per day
Ferrous sulphate 3 x tablet per day
Folic Acid 1 per day (5 days a week)
(trammadol & Paraccetamol for painrelief

Diagnosed Nov 2010 - Crohns Colitis
(bowel problems since 16yrs) 29 Yrs old now
So far tried Asacol,Aza,6mp,Remicade

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