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Doctors: i am female 68 and had a bad bout of colotis in

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doctors: i am female 68 and had a bad bout of colotis in 2010. in remission ever since. otherwise very healthy. my question: do i need to take mercaptopurine and mesalamine for the rest of my life seeing as how i have almost no symptoms anymore. i worry about the low blood count and threat of liver damage. thanks for being there. k dunn
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing Internal Medicine Physician. Excellent service is my goal.
Thanks for this excellent question
This is a common situation
Since you have no symptoms I think it is okay to "wean" off the meds under doctor supervision and see how you do
You very well may be in remission from your disease.
I think you should slowly taper off 6 MP under doctor supervision and see how it goes. If it recurs, then back on the drug. But at least you will know
I hope this helps.
If you have more questions, just reply. :)
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Phil: thanks. which medicine lowers my wbc to 2.1, the mp 6 or the mesalimine? Also, i have pleaded with my g/a doc to lower the dosages but he just refuses...says he's afraid of the auto-immune part and needs to keep the wbc low. in the meantime, icatch every cold, flu, bladder infection and yeast infection, otherwise healthy and energitic.

thanks...i didn't know you were here. kathi

You're welcome Kathi
It's the 6 MP that is lowering it.
If your GI doctor is unresponsive then you might need to find a new one
Doctors need to tailor approaches to patient desires. This is not a patient centered approach he is using.
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