Hi and Welcome to the Lupus forum -
Sometimes Imuran works best for some people, sometimes Cellcept works best for some people.....it's very odd that they would switch from a med that is working for you just to try another...maybe there are some side effects you are needing to avoid or something?
For me, I was on Imuran with no effects, neither good or bad, for well over a year. So my rheumy decided to try Cellcept instead. There was no gap or rest period between - one day I used Imuran, the next Cellcept.
Cellcept worked very well for me - the dosage was ramped up over a period of 6-8 weeks. Not only did it help with general inflammation and general lupus issues, but it stopped and even improved my thought & information processing. My only side effect was some hair thinning towards the end of my 18 month usage. We stopped using it 1) because I had improved so much and 2) because it's 'heavy duty' enough so that it isn't really good to use it beyond 18-24 months unless absolutely needed. Been off for about
a year now. My last lab tests were totally ANA and inflammation free, so it's almost remission.
Some people have more side effects than I do on either of these meds....
Hope this helps, and that you get to feeling better soon!
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
Plaquenil, Prednisone(8mg), Piroxicam, Xanax(as needed), Trazodone, Boniva(monthly), Wellbutrin SR, Valtrex
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