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How effective is imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's disease?

Generally effective. Azathioprine (imuran) works by decreasing the white blood cell (WBC) count. Wbc's are responsible for fighting infections, as well as for causing inflammation in crohn's disease. Azathioprine can often effectively lower the WBC count enough to stop the inflammation from crohn's disease without causing many infections. It is important to monitor the WBC count while on azathioprine. Read more...
Sometimes. Imuran (azathioprine) seems to be effective in a small subset of patients with Crohn's (likely fewer than 40%). At the moment it's difficult to predict who will respond in the long term. But as it can be safely used with monitoring, it's often worth trying. . Read more...

How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating uveitis?

May not be - it depe. It may be effective but it may not. With recurrent uveitis we use biologics sometimes. This is something to discuss with your physician. Read more...

Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Yes they can be. The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. Read more...
Modest at best. Neither would be my first choice at this time. Prior to our newer potent agents, European neurologists did use such combinations, but now with emergence of potent agents, such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya, this approach makes very little sense, and likely not sufficiently effective. Read more...

If methotrexate injworked great at controlling my symptoms but gave me GI issues, is it likely that imuran (azathioprine) tablets would give me GI side effects too?

See details. I have personally never seen a case of GI intolerance to injectable Methotrexate and I have literally had scores of patients on it. Other rheumatologists on this forum may have a different experience. The major side effect of Imuran (azathioprine) is GI intolerance. Read more...
Hard to say. It's possible you may have GI side effects from imuran, (azathioprine) but likely more bone marrow suppression. Read more...
Not necessarily . Not necessarily. Though such effects are common with immuran by itself it is worth a try if it is strongly indicated in your situation. Read more...