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I had been prescribed Azathioprine (150mg/day) in conjunction with prednisolone (20mg/day) as a means of transition off of the steroid treatment.
Shortly after a week of taking Azathioprine I became unwell; completely lost my appetite (due to sometime feeling full or even sick); developed a high temperature; had some dizzy spells; experienced severe aching in joints and muscles from head to foot; developed a severe outbreak of spots all over head and neck as well as on chest back and limbs to a lesser extent.
Unfortunately I had thought that the initial effects that I was seeing (temperature, aching) were associated with lowered resistance to a cold to which I had been exposed, rather than an actual reaction to the drug.
Fortunately I had been in close touch with my GP that week and his support was excellent. Once off of the drug the reversal of symptons was very quick, most within a day, and now only a couple of days later I feel much better again, and only a very small proportion of the spots remain.
In hindsight I can see how ill I became, but at the time I think that mentally I also couldn't function efficiently (conversation and concentration were extremely difficult) making it hard to see how its effect had been gradually worsening as I continued to take the drug. I think this shows that it's important to remember how side effects can build up gradually and not always appear instantly one or two days after you start a course of treatment.:ill::ill:
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