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Mercaptopurine (Mercaptopurine) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients


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Below are Mercaptopurine reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, Mercaptopurine has an overall score of 8. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 8. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.

Mercaptopurine review by 37 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Crohn's disease
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken 1 time every evening for the period of three years +
Other conditions:   High cholesterol, depression
Other drugs taken:   Niaspan, Wellbutrin
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was prescribed the drug Mercaptopurine after two previous treatment drugs had begun to prove less effective than before. The doctor started on a higher course of the medicine, but the dose is currently 100mg (2 pills) every evening. There was a significant reduction in Crohn's disease symptoms, particularly general intestinal cramping. This was particularly helpful for cramping that tended to occur as I was relaxing to go to sleep.
Side effects:   Though the Crohn's disease in itself makes me tired, and I feel that the addition of the Mercaptopurine has added to my general fatigue. The fatigue abated somewhat as the dose was lowered (the doctor started at a more aggressive dose). I also seem to catch every bug that is going around. By suppressing my immune system I believe the Mercaptopurine makes it easier for seasonal illnesses to set up shop.
Comments:   I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease about eight years ago. The doctor started with a series of Remicade and a prescription of Prednisone. This combination made it possible for me to eat again - hurray! As for maintenance drugs, I have been on several, including Asacol and Pentasa. There were probably others, but those are the two that I definitely remember. It seemed as though my body would react well to a drug, but then the drug eventually lost that initial effectiveness. I have been on Mercaptopurine for 3-4 years now, and am getting ready to ask to move to a new drug. Mercaptopurine seems to be continuing to do a good job as a drug, but I'd like to find one that may be less deleterious to my liver.

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