Imuran Vs. Prednisone

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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Which would you rather have to take?
Recently diagnosed 9/06

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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred. gets me out of flares quickly. Negatives: need higher dose each flare, insomnia, loopy feeling.

I actually was steriod dependent and went on Imuran to get off it.

What is going on? Are you flaring? What meds are you currently on?

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day (attempting to cut this down to 6 by slowly tapering), acidopholis pearls, just added Prilosec OTC
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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I start imuran in the morning to get me off of steroids. I had pred. I am steroid dependent and vow (once more, of course) never to go on it again!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, back to 30 mg pred.
Waiting for prometheus test to start Immuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 8/23/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm actually in a flare right now and I just got off prednisone the first week of July, and my doctor wanted me to go back on the prednisone until the Imuran started working (three months or so) and I just told him I'd rather be really sick and wait three months being sick for it to work, then get back on prednisone and take that much longer to get off again. No thanks, I'm done with it.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
Primadophilus Reuteri
20 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
10meq Potassium Cl

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