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Hello! I was recently admitted to hospital after visiting my GP with persistant stomach pain (about 2 months on and off) and to cut a long story short, a CT scan showed an inflamed bowel which I was told was most likely down to Crohns diesese. I ened up having a small section of bowel removed by the surgeon, and am now back to normal - e.g. no pain or discomfort what so ever, eating and drinking normally, normal bowel movements... in fact you'd never know I had been ill!
Now on a follow up at the hospital I have been prescribed Azathioprine tablets. I was given a 30 minute pep-talk by a pharmacist explaining the drug, which if I'm honest terrified me. Risk of cancer, nausea, feeling unwell, reduced bone marrow etc... In fact, lots of very unpleasant side effects. Basically, I feel great right now; 100%, and it sounds like these tablets will make me feel 'not great.' I want to talk to the consultant before I start taking them, but cant get appt until April.
From reading posts on the forum, and some general research, it sounds like Azathioprine is used to control inflamation during flare ups, or treat chronic Crohns that is affecting quality of life? Yet I have no symptoms, no pain or discomfort, and feel great. I appreciate that Azathioprine can also be used to prevent Crohns from coming back again, but with all the associated risks, and I gather you can only take it for a total of around five years before it stops working, is now the right time for me to be starting this drug? Should it not be held in reserve in case I have problems in the future?
Yes, I will be guided by my doctor, but until I can get to see him, I just wanted to get some feedback from anyone else on here using Azathioprine. Has anyone been in my position and started taking it? Sorry if I sound like an idiot - I'm feeling very confused and a little concerned about this drug. Do I really want to take something that will make me feel worse than I do now, and possibly even give me cancer? Any feedback greatfully received!
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