I started Imuran and Remicade within 4 days of one another almost 3 years ago. I was diagnosed with mild CD of the terminal ileum. However, the joint issues I suffered as a result of the CD are what got me on the Imuran-Remicade combo. The two worked great. My gut went into almost immediate remission and the joints improved a lot soon after.
Unfortuantely, Remicade stopped working for me the last couple of months and I will be switching over to Humira. I still take Imuran.
I was never afraid to take either medication. I did my homework and realized that if I wanted to ever be able to walk on my own that something needed to be done and that at that point Remicade and Imuran were my best options. I think the big question is about
quality of life. You can continue on your current meds which don't seem to be helping. You can try other less aggressive meds like Asacol or Pentasa. Or you can go for Imuran or Remicade. Unfortunately only you can accurately weigh you decisions.
BTW, I have never had any side effects from Imuran. I do make sure I take it on a FULL stomach because it is notorious for causing nausea.
I hope you get some relief soon.
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