Hi - I've been taking Prednisone for a while now, I think I need a steady dose of 2/3 mg/day although I'm currently taking 5/day because of a recent flare. My specialist wants me to take a drug called Azathioprine, as it's not a steroid and hasn't got the same side effects. From my own reading I see that the drug also has side effects and I'm a bit nervous starting a new drug, particularly as I only need a low dose of steroids. Does anyone have experience of this drug, please?
Why are you taking pred? That makes a difference.
However - if I needed 5mg or under nothing would induce me to take azathioprine and I know plenty of rheumies who would agree with me. Why add a second layer of potential side effects when the patients is already at a very low dose - well below the amount of corticosteroid the body produces every day in the form of cortisol.