Welcome to HealingWell, Faith. With left-sided UC, you might consider giving enemas a try, either Rowasa or steroid enemas. They get farther up into the colon and may be more effective. You can start with 1/2 if you can't tolerate the whole enema at first.
Azathioprine does indeed take about
two to six months to take effect, and many docs will leave you on low dose Pred until it kicks in. The dosage will be regulated by blood tests to check the level in your blood. Most people take 50 - 150 mg, with the majority around 100 mg. a day. Do remember to use a good sun screen, as it will make you more susceptible to both sunburn and sun-induced skin cancers.
You've definitely come to the right place to get the benefit of others' experience. Hope the Aza kicks in and helps you soon.
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.
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The information I share on this forum is based only on my own experience and study. It is important to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.