It's my understanding that Remicade is started at closer intervals. The first dose at week 0, then again at weeks 2 and 6. From there, you move on to every 8 weeks unless it becomes necessary to move your infusions closer together.
The average time to complete an infusion is 3 to 4 hours, however that is dependent on a number of factors, including the organization of the infusion center you use. I've heard from some that they routinely have to wait for the pharmacy to send up the meds, while others report that it's always ready and waiting for their arrival.
It is possible that your first few infusions may be given at a slower rate, to help ensure that you don't have a reaction. In the event that you were to react, the infusion would be stopped and in most cases, after some benedryl and steroids, it would be restarted, at a much slower rate. So, this could take longer.
I really hope this works wonders for you. I've just had my second Humira injection and I'm feeling better than I've felt in months! Perhaps this is a placebo effect, but if that's true, I'll take it anyway!
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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