Remicade- how long does it take?

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   Posted 1/11/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that it varies from person to person, but for those on Remicade, how long did it take you to get into remission?  I saw significant improvement after my first infusion, but not much change after my second.  I was on 40mg of Pred at the time of the first infusion and tapered to 30mg the day after the second infusion.  Had some problems the week after the second infusion, which I attributed at the time to travel, holiday eating, and general stress.  I dropped to 20mg of Pred this week and now I'm bleeding again.  My next infusion is next week.  Am I expecting too much from the Remicade too soon?  It's been 5 weeks since my first infusion, and I've been on the Pred since Thanksgiving.  I really want to get off of it.  I've also been on Cipro and Flagyl since August, and I want off them, too.  Am I too impatient?
I've got a call in to my GI to discuss all this, but I'd like to hear from others who've been there.  Thanks.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/11/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It took a few weeks for me, and then it started to wear off just before the next dose, which then took a week or two to kick in. but now I seem to have some overlap in between and I'm doing OK so far. Now awesome, but definitely now pain and I maintain my weight and all that good stuff. Still being careful about what I eat, but I can't complain.
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