Remicade and ITCH!!!

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 2/16/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone taking remicade ever gotten an itch as a reaction?  I just had my 4th remicade treatment for my crohn's on Jan. 25th--2 weeks prior to the treatment I started getting this itch.  It first started on my feet and hands so i automatically thought of athletes feet.  I started treating for that with no relief.  Since the remi treatment in Jan. the itch has intensified.  The gastro put me on 5 days of prednisone (20mg).  It helped a little but now the itch is back in full force.  Sometimes I get like a bug bite and it itches.  I also had an ultrasound done last week and they found that my liver is fatty.  Do you think this is just a reaction to the remicade or can it be something else?  If it is a reaction to the remi, would you have any more treatments.  In my opinion, I really don't think the remi is doing me any good.  I don't know what else I can take for the crohn's - I was on 6mp for 11 years prior to the remi until it stopped working!!  Any advice would be great!!  Thanks!!

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 2/16/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
CP64- I haven't had an itch as a reaction to the Remicade, but I did have a reaction.  It was a delayed allergic reaction, the symptoms were severe joint pain, and swelling hands and feet.  I believe that I saw that other symptoms of the reaction were itching and hives.  You should definitely look into it.  My doctor had no idea that my symptoms were caused by the Remicade until I suggested it, and then she talked to another doctor.  My symptoms just kept getting worse until I started taking Prednisone and am no longer on Remicade.  Good luck!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/16/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I t had a horrible time with itching....I would ask your doctor about pretreating to prevent this from happening next time.  I was on 5 mg of predisone daily so the night before I took 15 mg and in the office I was pretreated with benedryll in my IV before they started remicade.  That's what worked for me.  Everyone is different so I would ask your doctor first. 
Crohn's and Ostomy in 2004

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