Sandie! Congrats! I'm very happy for you!
Don't work yourself up into worry. It's not bad at all.
I started my 1st Remicade infusion on Oct. 9th 2006. I got premeds of Benedryl & some steroids (you might get Tylenol or Benedryl or steroids, depending on you & the doc).
They'll hook ya up & run some saline first & give you your pre meds. There will be a little wait. The nurses there take your BP & vitals.
I hope ya get a cushy recliner! Sit back relax. The doc will most likely run the Remicade really slow (like 10 or 15cc for 1/2 hour or 15 minutes) and then each half hour interval they'll bump it up another 10 or 20cc.
My 1st treatment I was there from 9am till 3:30pm.
Umh...for me, it didn't hurt, didn't burn....
I got a little flushed during it. My BP dropped, but returned to normal. I had a real low BP for a day after too. So a little dizzy too.
Sleeping for 2 days??????? Well maybe some folks do! LOL.
I am very immune suppressed (on a lot of drugs) so for me right now I do get sick the week of the Remicade...but that's more to do with me than the drug.
I think you will be surprised at how well it goes.
Yes, as with anything there's a risk of an allergic reaction due to Remicade. But you'll be watched & vitals will be taken. Many reactions are simply clarified by stopping the IV for a while, slowing it down, taking some Benny or Tylenol.
Call the infusion center you'll be going to or call your doc....if you have major concern & are scared...it's their job to explain everything, that and it'll ease your mind.
NOW GO KICK SOME BUTT!!!!!!!
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain.