Hi all. There are some mis-conceptions on this thread that I think should be cleared up.
Someone alluded to Entocort being better than steroids. Entocort is a steroid called Budesonide, and while is has less systemic effects than prednisone, it does carry long term risks as well. Studies have found that Entocort can cause just as much bone loss as prednisone, unfortunately.
In fact, someone on this site (Judilyn) contracted AVN while on Entocort! From one of her posts: "I also had severe bone loss and developed avascular necrosis in my shoulder, leading to a partial shoulder replacement. I'd recommend treating Entocort just like Pred, and staying on it for the shortest time possible."
Bottom line is that Entocort is not a maintenance drug and there most definitely ARE significant side-effects.
I could be wrong of course, but my understanding is that Imuran/6MP carry less long term risks (for most people) than long term low-dose prednisone. I only come to this conclusion because more people seem to be on Imuran than on continuous low dose prednisone as a remission maintenance strategy.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.
Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).
Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 8/31/2008 8:14:53 PM (GMT-6)