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I'm worried because my back. I take mercaptopurine 20mg due to my Crohn's disease and was wondering if the drug could be the problem, what do you suggest?
Mercaptopurine: Generic mercaptopurine is marketed in the US under the brand names Purinethol or Purixan. ...Read more
Many...: Purinethol is made by teva pharmaceuticals. The generic version, known as mercaptopurine, is made by mylan, inc., prometheus labs, and roxane laboratories. ...Read more
In Combination as POMP regimen for maintenance yes.
Increased 6-fold.: Large study showed a 6-fold increased risk of fetal anomalies in women exposed to 6-mp in the first trimester. Anomalies were even more frequent when this drug was used for inflammatory bowel disease (unclear if disease or drug effect). 2nd/3rd trimester exposure may cause low birth weight and poor immune function. Avoid it unless absolutely required! ...Read more
Yes.: I am not able to locate any literature to suggest there is a contra-indication or interaction between lysine and mercaptopurine. ...Read more
Why would you?: Large double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown echinacea to be ineffective. ...Read more
My recent I.T. Procedure and triple dose of vincristine, methotrexate, and mercaptopurine gives me a strong headache when not lying down. Why?
Spinal headache: Spinal headaches can occur after lumbar punctures and are associated with headache when standing. They usually resolve after a few days, but occasionally persist due to leakage of CSF from the puncture site. Our practice is to treat these with IV caffeine and IV hydration and if not better then rarely our anesthesiologist places a "blood bandage" using the patient's blood to plug the hole. ...Read more
Generally yes: Mercaptopurine or 6-mp (and related azathiprine, aza) are sometimes used in the treatment of ibd - they have been assigned to pregnancy category d by the fda, since early reports of receiving 6-mp in the first trimester appeared to have an increased incidence of abortions. However recent studies concluded that aza and 6-mp are safe and well tolerated during pregnancy. See your OB md for advice. ...Read more
I have just been prescribed predisolone and mercaptopurine for Chrons. Can I also take Biotin for hair, skin and nails or will there be a reaction?
Biotin not useful:
Taking biotin will not help your hair or nails. You should not take any medication, over the counter drugs, herbals etc without consulting your doctor.
Wish you good health. ...Read more
Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if I'm taking asacol, (mesalamine) mercaptopurine, prednisone, and celexa?
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more