AIH Folks-Question re: Depression & Imuran

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/14/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
In my last post I went of the Imuran, could not work with the fatiuge from it.
Went to the Dr, and boy he was not happy. Told me to take the Imuran & deal with the fatiuge & go on disability or face ESLD.
I think the fatigue was also from Depression.  Have any of gotten depression from being on Imuran?
Needless to say, I am back on it and fatigued & depressed. yeah

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/15/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   

I take imuran (50 mg) and have not experienced depression from it although I have had the several other side effects from it (hair loss, fatigue, aches flu like symptom, and muscle cramps). I do get really down sometime but I am nost sure it is from the imuran more of just having to deal with all the problems and life style changes that I am sure we all have to cope with. How long were you on it before you decided to go off? My doctor told me that it is a slow acting medication that takes about six months to reach the therapuetic level. Although I can say that after about three months most of the symptoms were not as noticable and even some of my energy returned. I do know that there are several other immune suppressants out there that might be more tolerable to you. Did you ask your doctor about any of the alternatives? Also there is an imuran site that is similar to a posting board that other patents have described some of there symptoms. I found it by googling imuran and found that many other people were experinceing the same symptoms as I was. You might find it helpful to check it out. I truly understqnd how your are feeling. The medications you take shouldn't have to make you feel sicker and less active than the disease does. I hope you will begin to tolerate it better and start to feel more like yourself or that they find an appropriate alternative.

Keep us posted.

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