It usually takes 2-3 months for Imuran to take effect; for this reason most GI's have you on Prednisone initially, and slowly tapering it as the Imuran kicks in.
I was on Imuran for about
five years, in conjunction with 5-ASA's. It really didn't help me much, but the only bad effect I saw was that I had vaginitis the entire time. I know now I probably could have controlled this with high doses of the appropriate probiotic.
Remember that the decision is always yours. You have to weigh how much the symptoms bother you or interfere with your life against the negatives of the medication, and decide which is the more tolerable for you. Good luck, and let us know how it works out for you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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