Quincy is right. I'd double check w/your consultant about rectal meds, which you can and can't take. Those help me the quickest, if you can't take the mesalamine ones (I can't either) there are steriod one's, one has foam and one does not. The hydrocortisone e's helped get me on the road to remission in a couple of weeks.
I started azathioprine 2.5 mos ago and I take 200mg a day at night (to help w/fatigue) and I have had no side effects besides the fatigue that I can relate to the azathioprine. I take other drugs and so I don't really know which side effect is from which all the time.
Also, I just saw my GI yesterday and when I asked him about the 3-6 month span of time we hear it takes for the azathioprine to work he said that is mostly the case in situations where people start slowly on the meds and slowly taper up. I took two tabs a day for two weeks then went up to 4 tabs a day.
It is scary, there are limited meds and I am hoping I am not steriod dependant and am able to just take the azathioprine, there are definitely options out there, we will find something to work for us. We just gotta try to stay positive (I am trying to sell myself on thinking positive too).
HTH! Hope you are better soon!!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.