Azathioprine vs Prednisone

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Azathioprine is used with other medications to prevent rejection of a kidney transplant. It works by weakening your body's defense system (immune system) to help your body accept the new kidney as if it were your own. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. Azathioprine is also used to treat patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis who have not responded to other medications (e.g., nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs/NSAIDs such as ibuprofen). Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be caused by the immune system attacking the joints. Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with more aggressive therapy such as azathioprine helps to reduce further joint damage and to preserve joint function. Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of azathioprine, especially when used in children and young adults.Prednisone is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, severe allergies, skin diseases, cancer, eye problems, and immune system disorders. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It decreases your immune system's response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.
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guest | 22.11.13
Have pan colitis, prednisone dependent, taking aza.for 6 months. Started on 25 mg. low dose due to low tmpt, no help, increased to 50 mg. greatly reduced symptoms, ready to increase, but now have high liver enzyme (alkaline phosphate). Doing full liver function panel and ultrasound of liver. Discussed biologics next. Advise everyone with IBD to see an IBD specialist along with gastro.
guest | 14.05.13
I've had UC for 13 years and would have a flare-up twice a year for 2 to 3 months at a time, every year! (seasonal) This drug has gotten me off Prednisone which I loved too but wasn't healthy for me. My doctor gave me this drug and I love it! I've been in remission for the first time since I started this drug. I take 50mg daily and I have no side effects and I have my life back!!!!
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dwhavasu | 22.05.13
short term - breathing didorders
Ligitnz | 26.04.13
An extreme case, taken for asthma unfortunately my body got addicted to it, and was unable to stop taking the drug without increased asthma attacks which then required ever increasing doses to get my asthma under control ending up at 120mg per day for 18 months, side effects were extreme and to numerous to list. However once again this only happens in very cases.
Frauline2u | 15.04.13
I am currently taking a short burst worth of prednisone in increments of 10mg. 4x per day for 3 days, then 3 of those tablets 3x per day, then 2 of those tabs for 2 days then 1 tablet for 4 days. I currently have bronchitis (I am almost 54, have had chronic Asthma since my mid teens). I have been taken several Asthma meds daily for years now and over the course of these many years I have taken P ... | 20.03.13
First: Keflix, upper respiratory infection, active cough, discharge, got worse after 1 wk, the: Z-pac from e.r., still got worse, now 3rd wk., fan. Dr. put me on prednisone, steroid, finally not coughing at third of 6 days, still weak, shaky, sweats.
guest | 12.03.13
I was put on this for asthma since my inhalers were not doing the trick. Problem is that I am very sensitive to medications and I am only on day one an I am having severe arm and leg cramping, but on the plus side I am able to breath better. Doctor now put me on a lower dose hopefully this will help with the cramping