I started Imuran in early 2003 and have been on it every since at varying dosages depending on weight loss or gain.
Frankly, I find the biologics such as Remicade, Humira, etc. that the researchers are so high on now one heck of a whole lot scarier that Imuran or 6MP. They've been around longer, we are on lower doses than those doses used for kidney transplant patients and the risks of ... what is it? lymphoma? (I've been on it so long I've forgotten which it was) seem to be related more to the need for the kidney transplant.
I didn't experience any hair loss. I did experience thinnnig of the hair texture, my hair is not so coarse at it was and when my dosage (due to weight loss) got so high that I was in POTENTIAL hepatotoxicity range according to the Prometheus ProPredict Metabolite test and above maximum therapeutic dosage but w/regular blood tests still normal I did experience some MINOR hair thinning which ended as soon as we reduced my dosage to that recommended for my weight at the time.
At first I MIGHT also have experienced an increase in "the tireds" but it was hard to tell for sure. Taking Imuran or 6MP in the evening or at night can reduce or elimintate both "the tireds" and the nausea if you encounter them. I've taken my Imuran at all hours of the day w/no problems and no side effects for several years now.
We all vary in our responses to meds but as I say, personally, I felt more comfortable starting Imuran than I would Remicade, etc. And its not like I wasn't leery of starting Imuran. I wouldn't even let my local gastro start me on it. I opted to drive 2 hours to U of M to start Imuran as part of their Immunosuppressant Monitoring program.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 2/18/2008 1:27:15 PM (GMT-7)