I started Azathioprine/Imuran 2 months ago and it was a tough decision for me too. I've always been healthy and never had to take any medication before being diagnosed with UC, so starting long-term medication sounded extremely drastic. But, after seriously considering all the pros and cons I felt that getting on Azathioprine was the right step for me. It's true that getting regular blood tests done can be a bit of a hassle, but I'd rather deal with that and just get healthy and stay healthy.
Don't get disheartened; azathioprine and 6MP have worked well for many people. Stay strong and I hope this works well for you.
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on alternate days of 20mg and 10mg; 2/08: added 1 Pentasa x 1mg.