So I went back to Mayo today, saw the doc who's pretty senior there and he's putting me on Imuran. I've never taken it before - I've only taken 5-ASAs for the past 18 years and mostly did fine on them till now. I've been having alot of abdominal pain, gas, not normal BMs (but only 2-3 a day) but no bleeding. He said it sounds like I'm going back into a flare (I just got off Prednisone a month ago). He's also putting me on Prednisone again but only 20mg for 5days, then 15 for a week, then 10 for 2 weeks, 5mg for 2, then done.
So my question is - do most people take Imuran and have no side effects? He said there aren't too many side effects with it. I was offered it in the past when I had similar symptoms (also no bleeding though) but back then they made you get blood tests weekly to test your liver which sounded scary to me. Sounds like now they just test something called your TPMF which tells how you'll react to the drug, then you only need less frequent liver tests. Interesting how things change!
Anyway, I've avoided Imuran like the plague since I really never have much bleeding. Before last January it had been 10 years without it. So I'm a little worried about going on it. Are there any bad side effects to be aware of? Thanks for any advice anybody can give me.
UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently getting over a flare
Meds: Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 1 mesalamine enema nightly, 2 probiotics/day, iron, calcium, folic acid