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User Reviews for Mercaptopurine to treat Crohn's Disease, Maintenance

Also known as: Purinethol, Purixan

Mercaptopurine has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 from a total of 13 ratings for the treatment of Crohn's Disease, Maintenance. 46% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 46% reported a negative effect.

Mercaptopurine Rating Summary

5.3/10 average rating

13 ratings from 13 user reviews.

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Reviews for Mercaptopurine

Chronsmom · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 21, 2019

“My son was on mercaptopurine at age 14 and had a reaction so severe he ended up in the hospital for 8 days. A blood vessel behind his eye broke so his vision was impaired. He had heart palpitations & trouble breathing. His platelets were dangerously low. He had to have 3 blood transfusions. We almost lost him. I know people who have been on this med for years with no problems. I am just sharing this to let others know to be extremely careful & if something doesn't seem right, contact your doctor immediately! There are no stupid questions, seriously. Always better to be safe than sorry.”

1 / 10
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vldev February 6, 2013

“I have been on this medication for maintenance for at least 20 years. I have not had a bleeding episode since I started. Also, I have experienced no side effects. I don't know how others would tolerate it, but for me it really has worked. I have had Crohn's Disease over 40 years.”

10 / 10
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Kielbasahead · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 3, 2013

“I have been on this medication for 5 years since a bowel resection and have not had any pain nor side effects. The doctor monitors my blood counts every 3 months for low platelets; but all has been good. I”

10 / 10
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Jo23 February 17, 2017

“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!”

1 / 10
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tinyyoki August 6, 2017

“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>”

1 / 10
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Jndebar · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 29, 2016

“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.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous February 14, 2017

“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?”

5 / 10
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COLLEGE STUDENT · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 5, 2019

“I have been on mercaptopurine since 2010. I was put on this medicine after I was first diagnosed with Crohn's and had a bowel resection. I have taken this medicine for 9 years without any problems. I am now at a point where it is no longer working and they are putting me on a new prescription.”

9 / 10
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Ed · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 12, 2020

“I've been on 100mg mercaptopurine per day for a good few years for maintenance of Crohn's with zero noticeable side effects. I don't feel like my immune system has weakened either. I am however only in my twenties and I surmise I will start noticing problems in the future.”

10 / 10
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michael1974 · Taken for less than 1 month January 19, 2013

“I have been on this medicine for a week. I have no energy and I only sleep about 4 hours a night. I can fall asleep but can't stay asleep. I think I am going to ask my doctor to switch me to something else. I can't focus very well with this medicine. ”

1 / 10
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Brent · Taken for 10 years or more July 20, 2020

“I’ve been on Mercaptopurine (50mg 4 days a week, 25mg the other 3) with 100mg Allopurinol for almost 15 years. I’m asymptomatic and always have been. Crohns not detectable in blood work, zero pain, can eat anything and I run ultra marathons (lucky I know). Have had gasterctomy and months in hospital and don’t want that again. I’m scoped every 2 years and I have no crohns in me. Have zero side effects. They tried me on Aziothroprine(?) but it made me vomit so much I was hospitalised. It’s old-school, hard-core but works well for me.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous November 13, 2010

“My numbers improved a little bit but I felt horrible the whole time taking it plus I had severe side effects such as pancreatitis.”

1 / 10
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Bernice · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 15, 2020

“I have side effects of fatigue so now I take the pill at 8-9 pm. I do feel the side effects while I am asleep.”

9 / 10
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