Taking an Immune Suppressant?

    • jk
      November 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Are you, or have you, taken an immune system suppressant? Imuran (azathioprine), Rituxan and other chemo agents come to mind.

      The following is from Wikipedia- “B cells, also known as B lymphocytes, are a type of white blood cell…
      B cells develop from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that originate from bone marrow.”

      And this, from the Immune Deficiency Foundation: “D. B-Cells: These lymphocytes arise in the bone marrow and differentiate into plasma cells which in turn produce immunoglobulins (antibodies).”

      the direction of this thread follows

      1. Take an immunosuppressant
      2. Your white blood cell count drops. Anybody on your medical team watching this? Probably.
      3. Because B cells are a type of White cell, it follows that they also drop.
      4. Recall that B cells are one form of lymphocytes and that they become immunoglobulins (antibodies).

      Therefore, there is a chance that not only are the white cells suppressed so are the immunoglobulins.

      So, my question for you to ponder is: If you are taking, or have, taken an immunosuppressant do you know what your immunoglobulin levels are? The blood test is called Immunoglobulins, Quantitative.

      I did take immune suppressants. I do know my immunoglobulin levels and I can only report that my bone marrow production has not yet returned to normal.

    • GH
      November 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

      I took mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept®) for a few years, with periodic reduction of the dosage until I went off it. I never had any side effects that I was aware of.

      I didn’t know much about my blood tests. My neurologist told me what meds to take and I took them. I got the blood tests he ordered and he looked at the results. No issues.

    • January 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

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