I'm on both Imuran and Prednisone. They've both been life-savers for me. The Imuran has been fantastic. No side effects except slightly elevated liver enzymes. Imuran is metabolized through the liver. Other than that, I've had absolutely no problems with it. I'll take it forever!
Yeah, prednisone is a catch 22. It works great to bring me out of a flare. I've been on it for 7 years now. Mostly at a low dose - under 10mg.
It really depends on the person, and how your lupus is acting. Lynnwood suggested CellCept, and it is the newest and most talked about treatment. Lots of people have great success on it. I'm curious about it for myself actually.
Talk about ALL the options with your rheumatologist. There might be more out there for you than you think!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus