Remicade Question..

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Matty G
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I start my remicade infusions next wednesday and I have two questions. The first was about how long does each infusion lasts. And did any of yall have any physical reactions to it? like did you feel bad afterwards and whatnot.

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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm usually at the clinic for about 3 hours in total. The infusion takes about 2.5 hours depending on how fast the nurse infuses you. You may have to wait an hour after since it is your first time to make sure you do not have any reactions. I have never had any physical reactions. I used to get really tired after an infusion but now I dont' at all. Remember to bring a book and something to munch on. It can be boring. Good luck with everything.

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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

The time, for me, depending upon where I had it done. When done at the hospital, I was there no less than 8 hours. It was ridiculous and frustrating.

When at my doc office, I usually was there 4-5 hours. The drip only took 2.5-3 hours. They took it a lot slower my first infusion, though.

I reacted after 2.5 years on the drug, but had no side effects or anything before that. And I did not take premeds until I had a problem (I refused them).

When I reacted, my heart rate went up, I turned bright red, and I had difficult breathing. We slowed it way down, took some Benadryl, and resumed it.

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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been getting infusions for 2.5 years now and the only "reaction" I ever had was a tiny itchy rash at the infusion site that went away after a few minutes.  I usually get benadryl beforehand, which makes me sleep through the entire process making it seem extremely quick.  Generally my infusions take about 3 hours but the first one was a little longer.

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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
im not on it anymore as it no longer is beneficial to me but when i was on it it was a 1 hour prep, waiting for the meds getting the benedryl ( and in my case the steroid injection) and then a 3 hour drip. When i first went on it in college i developed a staph infection after about 4 infusions so they took me off (which sucked b/c it did make me feel better) just last year they decided to try me again, unfortunately it didnt work :O( so now its humira for me, had my first injection about a week ago, waiting to see how this does me
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!

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