I've been on Imuran for 2.5 years now. It took about
7-8 months for it to kick in. We started with 100mg but it didn't help much so in two months increased it to 125mg and hoped it would be ok. Before starting Imuran my doc did a test on me to see if taking Imuran would be effective. So maybe you should ask your doctor about
doing that before starting with it?
For me Imuran has been a miracle worker. Along with anti-TNF drugs it's the only drug that actually heals the ulcerations and it actually even helped me with my stenosis. It's a very powerful drug and I really really was happy that it eventually kicked in.
Some people say they instantly feel sick after taking Imuran - they throw up, but people deal with this in different ways because they really really hope it will work. So if you have the same problem with it - don't worry about
it. People say you need to literally eat yourself stup!d hehe before taking it and for some reason they don't throw up after it. Doesn't sound to logical, does it? I was on steroids when I started taking Imuran so I was also taking Pantoprazole in the morning an hour before breakfast and my doc and I decided to continue taking Pantoprazole even after I was no longer on steroids precisely because Imuran can be hard on your stomach.
As for Pentasa...I've been taking it since September and I'm still on Imuran. I haven't had any problems taking them both. You do have to be careful though because they both can lead to Pancreatitis and combined the possibility is even bigger. I didn't notice any improvement while taking Pentasa. Like I said Imuran's the one who fixes the ulcerations, which is so great!! Also, I think that about
40% respond to Imuran, and I wish you best of luck with it!
I'm just surprised that you're going to be taking only 50mg? I think the dose is supposed to be in relation with how much you weight...and don't panic if it doesn't work in 6 weeks. I had to wait 7-8 months. Don't let this get you down. Sometimes things just take time.
Hope I helped :)
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.
Post Edited (caroline_r) : 2/5/2009 3:04:23 PM (GMT-7)