Budesonide is working for my AIH

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/29/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone with Autoimmune Hepatitis should ask their Dr. about Budesonide.  Budesonide is a corticosteroid that is absorbed mostly by the liver, leaving the rest of the body unaffected (unlike prednisone).
I was diagnosed in Jan. 2008 with AIH/ Lupus.  After completing a course of prednisone in Dec'08, my AST/ALT levels rose agian in April.  My Dr. asked if i would like to try Budesonide (used in Germany for AIH with success) and I am on 9mg/day with successful results so far.  NO more Prednisone!

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   Posted 5/29/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Feelhealthy, welcome to the forum.  I am glad you have found something that seems to work for you.  We are always on the lookout for new drugs and procedures.  In this case, it seems that budesomide has been used with good success for people with asthma (Pulmicort Respules.)  Sometimes a drug that has been found to be good for one problem will inadvertently be discovered to be good for treating something different.  I think the common thread here is inflammation.

Good luck to you!

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