I've been on both, with no side effects from either. The 2 years on Imuran did nothing for me at all. By then my cognitive dysfunction was so bad I couldn't even drive.
So then we tried Cellcept and within 3 months I had a great improvement in brain function, and took it for 1.5 yrs (about
the limit for Cellcept). Since then I have continued to improve and had have clear blood results for almost a year now. I did have the side effect of some minor hair thinning, but nothing else - I'd I'd willingly trade some hair for having a brain anytime!
Everyone reacts differently, although Imuran is used more often as it is less potentially damaging and can be used longer. The Cellcept is a cancer drug, not FDA approved for Lupus yet, although more and more rheumies are trying it out.
Hope that helps,
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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