I took imuran for 5 years and it helped to keep things under control. Some patients are allergic to it and cannot tolerate the drug which will be apparent immediately. Some, like me will tolerate it very well but eventually have a problem with blood count....low rbc, wbc, and platelets. Having said that, most patients tolerate imuran very well for long term use. It takes months, 6 months or more, until imuran is fully effective.
Benlysta has worked well for a couple of my friends but like all meds, the only way to know if it will work for you is after you try it. Hope you can find the right answer for you.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf. Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.