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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Immuran

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 05/16/2000]
Question: I've been taking Imuran to aid in remission therapy for ulcerative colitis
for about 8 months. I understand that this drug supresses my immune system.
What exactly happens in this situation? Does this make me more susceptible to illness? What type of things should I worry
about the longer I am on this medication?

Answer: This would depend a lot on the dosage. But, generally, it is used in relatively small doses. Although it can depress your immune system, in reality it rarely does to any clinically significant extent.

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