MERCAPTOPURINE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Crohn’s Disease, Maintenance: “This drug is a nightmare!!! Total fatigue with breathlessness, Arm weakness and numbness, nausea, light headedness. Now have developed tinnitus which is a constant pulsation through ears and head. My white blood cells have dropped dangerously low and my red blood cells are really poor. I am naturally now off the drug but don’t know how long till I get back to health. ONLY GO ON THIS DRUG AS A LAST RESORT>”

tinyyoki August 6, 2017

For Crohn’s Disease, Maintenance: “This medicine will make you feel like you been hit by a car everyday, exhausted, plus your liver and pancreas take a massive hit.I had constant pain and all my crohns complaints returned, I was fine on prednisone and entocort but my doctor wanted to make it even better.. please pay EXTREME CAUTION using this medicine before ending up in the hospital. I’m not saying this medicine is bad but for one person it seems extremely well or extremely bad, in my case the worst time I ever been through. Pay attention!”

Jo23 February 17, 2017

For Crohn’s Disease, Maintenance: “I’ve been on this medicine for 2 months. I feel, most days like I’ve been in a car accident. The pain is very difficult to handle. I ache like I have the flu. Thinking about not taking good it and take my chances. What could be worse?”

Anonymous February 14, 2017

For Crohn’s Disease, Maintenance: “I’ve been using this drug for just over a month and everything seems like it’s going down hill. This drug will make me extremely tired but also keep me awake. It’s too inconsistent for my body. It should be helping with bodily functions and minimize pain but it does quite the opposite. Some days my body can’t move very fast because of the pain. And if it’s not the pain it’s fatigue all day. I’ve had the same problem with other drugs like this. There has to be a way to help without all of the drugs or surgeries.”

Jndebar (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 29, 2016

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “It seems to “control” the UC symptoms, but it has wreaked havoc with my skin and hair. I have lost so much hair, and what doesn’t fall out, doesn’t grow either. Skin was peppered with little red “spots” that, when they go away, leave brown spots. I itch. I am nearly 80, have never been on any medication and I think my body “knows” how foreign this is.”

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 4, 2016

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “Mercaptopurine has certainly helped me with my ulcerative colitis but the side effects of a lowered immune system has been a debilitating blow to me. I catch every influenza infection that comes along, to the point that I am now taking asthmatic sprays to help me with my breathing and coughing. I have been getting bad mouth infections and generally my immune resistance has plummeted. I also have been getting heart palpitations and am now on the medicine Betaloc to try and rectify this problem. I need to tell you that before taking Metcaptopurine I hardly ever got a cold or the flu. I am in my sixties, I am employed, lead a busy life but I also know that the side effects of taking Mercaptopurine has given me other negative health issues.”

Francescaphilip (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 3, 2014

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