I've been on Imuran for over a year. Imuran and 6MP are very similar - it's just how the body metabolizes the drug that's different.
I was freaked out about
starting this drug - but after some research and a frank talk with my doc, I decided the side effects that were possible weren't any worse than those of prednisone. I haven't had any issues with Imuran, besides some fatigue. Be prepared for regular blood work after starting 6MP.
The side effects are few and far between. Most of those you'll read about
online are from people using the drugs for anti-rejection after an organ transplant. For IBD, the doses are much, much lower.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status: Getting close to remission!?!?!
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Last dose of pred: May 25