There is no cure for this disease. It is a life-long, chronic illness that requires daily treatment -- in your case and mine, that includes taking your Imuran each and every day!
Imuran is a maintenance medication -- as are so many of the meds we take -- to get you into remission and keep you in remission. If you don't take them, sooner or later, chances are very, very great that you will have another flare.
It's best to keep taking your meds and not risk another flare and the possibility you will be unable to get that under control and have to take even more drugs and/or have surgery.
Stay on your meds. It's your best hope for a normal life and to avert another flare!
Mitz, on Imuran for approximately six years.
Sporadic proctitis since about
1985. Mother had UC, then J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Prednisone, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. Symptomatic with UC after that.
Colonoscopy in 2001 dx'd left-sided UC. Was pretty darn ill at that time. Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working so switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007.
Gall bladder attack 6/13; ultrasound showed stones; surgery before end of 2007.
100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression) daily.
Post Edited (MitzMN) : 9/24/2007 8:01:40 AM (GMT-6)