Posted 5/23/2012 5:13 PM (GMT -6)
A lot of the warnings about Imuran are based on research done on people who have received organ transplants. They usually take twice as much of the drug as we do and experience far greater immune suppression, thereby increasing their risk for cancer. Our risk is increased but only slightly. If the Imuran can get the UC inflammation under control, it will decrease your risk of colon cancer overall.
It blows my mind how some people on this forum think nothing of taking Prednisone but then freak out at the mention of Imuran. I have not had any side-effects or infections since I started Imuran. I did have tons of side-effects and a life-threatening infection from Prednisone. My GI told me that Prednisone suppresses your immune system far more than standard IBD doses of Imuran and, in the long-term, is much more dangerous.
I think standard precautions can be enough to keep you as healthy as anybody else. Since starting Imuran, I have tried to wash my hands more frequently and have asked that my co-workers do the same when they come in from work. They tell me if they are feeling ill and I keep my distance. Get your vaccinations (including pneumonia, influenza, TDaP, hepatitis, MMR, etc.), eat well, and don't forget to get your bloodwork done.
Others may have other opinions but I would suggest that you give it a shot and not let them scare you off. Yes, you could do poorly on it or it may end up being your wonder drug. You won't know until you try.