Tony, I was on Imuran for several years. I really didn't notice any more hair loss than usual. Usually taking it at bedtime helps keep you from being sleepy during the day, as that's a problem for some people.
Most doctors do increase the dosage in steps. You will probably have blood tests to verify that you've reached a therapeutic level, also you'll need frequent blood tests for anemia and liver function. Some docs do these weekly at first.
You can take the entire dose at the same time. Be aware that it will take anywhere from six weeks to six months to become effective, so don't expect a quick turnaround in your symptoms.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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