Hi. I have autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) for which I am now on Imuran (azathioprine) after unsuccessfully eradicating it with several tries on prednisone. Although Imuran is often used to treat AIH, it's only a last resort with AIP as there is no data as yet proving it effective with AIP. I have however on this site heard from other AIP patients who have done well on Imuran and my gastroenterologist agreed that under the circumstances it was worth a try. I began Imuran in Oct-09 and my liver function tests (which were starting to climb yet again) have on their own ~ without prednisone ~ returned to just about normal in 2 mths!
My question (finally..) concerns Imuran and side effects. For those of you on this drug, how have you been doing?? I've been having muscle and joint pain which restarted when the last run of prednisone ended (Oct-09), but I've never had it to this degree so am assuming it's the Imuran as that can be one of its side effects.
I'm interested in hearing your experiences with Imuran.