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    Imuran for Sjogrens - how long?
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    sara62 posted:
    Hi there,
    I was just diagnosed with Sjogren's after a year long painful time. I've had acute, recurring pericarditis and pleuritis and intense chest pain. I've been on immune suppressants since May of 2013. I had a bad time with Cellcept - caused such anxiety and depression. But then I switched to Imuran and felt much better. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with how long one needs to be on these meds? I know they help but they are a bit scary - possibly causing cancer, etc. How do you know when it's time to go off them? My docs don't seem to know. It's now Dec. so that's many months for a person not used to taking so many meds. Any experiences with this? Thanks a bunch!
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    qianaa responded:
    I actually just started Imuran this week. I read that it takes 6-8 weeks before it really takes affect. My rheumatologist said Imuran is better on the body, then prednisone and other drugs for lupus. I also have G6PD so I can not take plaquinil and other medicines. You should definitely monitor, well like you should do with lupus have your blood checked everytime you have your drs visit which should be nothing past every 5 weeks, to make sure everything is right with the medicine and your body. Also that will let the dr know if the dose you are receiving is working with your body and make changes. Best of luck!


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