Thanks for your query.
Predmet is a steroid but azoran i.e. azathioprine
is a steroid sparing agent and a immunosuppressive agent not a steroid.
Both predmet and azoran has side effects. But these drugs are good for controlling your ulcerative colitis
Predmet as a side effect may cause diabetes
, cataract, skin striae, glaucoma, osteoporosis
etc. Check your blood pressure regularly by your doctor and if needed anti-hypertensive may be needed. Check your fasting and post-prandial blood sugar once in 3 months. If any eye symptoms appear consult an ophthalmologist. It is better to have a bone-mineral density testing after 2 years of steroid use as per guideline. Dont suddenly stop predmet and if required gradual dose reduction may be done because sudden stoppage of predmet can lead to addrenal suppression that is an emergecncy.
On the other hand main side effects of azoran serious (rarely fatal) blood disorders (decreased bone marrow
function leading to anemia, low number of white blood cells and platelets). It can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. So you should have one haemoglobin
level estimation in a month. If it is severely decreased then you should consider the change of the drug.
But all these should always be done in consultation with your treating physician only.