Entocort is perfect for people with Crohn's of the TI, like you and my daughter. She has been on Entocort and in remission since July 2006.
The beauty of Entocort is because like prednisone, it is powerful, but unlike pred, most of it is released only where you need it, in the terminal ileum. So not much of it gets to the rest of the body. Prednisone, on the other hand, is really bad news because it affects the entire body.
In May she dropped down to only one Entocort pill and is still in remission. No side effects whatsoever.
We chose not to use Imuran for a lot of reasons. The plan is to use Entocort until more effective yet safer meds come along. She is sticking with Entocort, with the blessing of her Mt. Sinai GI.
It might take Entocort a few weeks to reach full potency. Imuran takes a few months to kick in...which is why your GI is using the Entocort, first.
Question I also have been on Entcort Maintenance for some time but recently have been contemplainting going on Imuran. I have some differnet people sayingf this si a beter long term drug what are your thought . It sounds like you have heard otherwise.
The recommended dosage, per the manufacturer's instructions, is 3 pills once a day, in the morning. The following link should take you to the full prescribing info so you can see for yourself:
Btw, don't eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are on Entocort (you'll see that warning in the prescribing info, too).