If you look at the safety profiles of most of the UC drugs they are very safe. The most "dangerous" UC treatment is actually Prednisone which you are already on so going on imuran is actually making you safer. It's all in the context and the way that you look at these things.
If you want to get the most effect then maybe start a biologic too. Don't let life pass you by waiting for one drug to work; imuran can take up to 6 months before you see the full effects. When deciding on a course of action please consider your QOL. Prednisone has the most mental and physical effects on your body. You should avoid it as much as possible.
I had a hip replacement in my 30's from Prednisone so I am very vocal about
the effects of steroids.
Have you gotten a second opinion from a different GI - you may not be clicking with this current doctor. It may be their communication style. My GI likes to tell me stories about
his other patients and how the treatments have worked for them and also about
his conversations with his fellow colleagues and their thoughts about
the treatments. It gives me some context about
That’s what scaring me. It imuran takes that long to work how do I avoid steroids