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My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

See below: The two major predictors of outcome are incidence of complications(hypertension,aortic aneurysm, retinopathy) and if the disease is progressive or not. The 15-year survival was 66 and 96 percent for patients with and without a major complication, respectively, and was 68 and 93 percent for those with and without a progressive course. ...Read more

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Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more


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My temperature is 97.6 and i'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should i be concerned?

My temperature is 97.6 and i'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should i be concerned?

No fever: 97.6 is not a fever and it is also not abnormally low. Taking Imuran (azathioprine) is serious business and you need to be monitored by your doctor but the temperature that you list it not a concern. If you have symptoms of being ill, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Where can I find a list of all immunosuppressants?

Wikipedia: Epocrates can be a bit difficult for a non-physician to navigate. You might want to start with wiki instead. This article has quite a bit of information in it. :http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/immunosuppressive_drug. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

Complex answer: Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune suppressing or an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Why a person get sick more easy after take immunosuppressant?

Suppressed immune: Patients taking immunosuppressants are at increased risk for getting sick b/c they are taking drugs that specifically suppress the immune system. ...Read more

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Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Not necessarily: Depends on why you are on immunosuppressants and how severely immunosuppressed you are. I wouldn't let the fact that you are on immunosuppressive meds stop you from pursuing a career in medicine. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

Necessary in some: If you are suffering from an auto-immune disease (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis) or received an organ transplant, you need to take immunosuppressive medications to prevent your immune system (your white blood cells) from attacking your body or transplanted organ(s). They do increase your risk of opportunistic infections and you may need prophylactic antimicrobial medications. ...Read more

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Help! can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Help! can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Yes...: They can be used to fight an infection. Ask your doctor to see which antibiotic they recommend for your condition. ...Read more

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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Yes : Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia) , platelets (prevent bleeding ) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more