Remicade and weight gain!!! Need info

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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
A few months back, someone had posted an article about Remicade and weight gain.  I need a copy of it so I can take it with me to my son's next GI appt.  Please help if you can!!!

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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about the article, but I've been on Remicade about 1 year now, and haven't had any weight gain.
Current Medications:

Pentssa, 1000 mg qid
Vitamin B Complex
Trader Joe's Probiotic
Folic Acid
Remicade infusion; every 8 weeks
Ambien, PRN
Seasilver Whole Food Liquid Nutrition

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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Remicade for about six months now and definitely have not gained any weight. The only medication that I have been on that makes me gain weight is prednisone!
Battling w/ CD for 2 years...
Osteopenia in the spine caused by prednisone
Currently on Remicade and Entocort

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   Posted 3/8/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   

i was on cade for almost 2 years and i had no weight gain from that. just the prednisone like everyone else.



Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 and Bipolar, Migraines, Hypothyroid
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking Levisin, Clidinium and nexium for my CD. I'm off my remicade--nervous. I am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar, Wellbutrin and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BP med. im on fentanyl patches for pain also, and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes. And now i also am hypothyroid, anything else?!

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   Posted 3/8/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
An article was published online here:  on October 15, 2007: ACG: Weight Gain with Infliximab in Crohn's Disease Confirmed but Not Explained
"Unexplained weight gain in patients with Crohn's disease who are treated with infliximab remains a mystery, according to investigators in a small study reported here..."
They sited one small clinical study, and further compared other records from 92 Crohn's patients and 51 rheumatoid arthritis patients who were being treated with Remicade.
"...Overall, the patients with Crohn's disease gained almost five times as much weight as the arthritis patients (4.97 kg versus 1.1 kg, P=0.0049). Some Crohn's patients gained as much as 20 to 30 kg, Brown reported. "
Good luck to you and your son.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...I wonder if some of that is because the remicade relieves some chron's symptoms so people eat more or absorb more of what they eat.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I gained a few pounds after I first started because I felt so much better and was eating more! : ) I started exercising again though and I lost it again! Since then I haven't had any weight gain with the Remicade.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your son having problems, Samsmom?

Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Jan for the article!!!


  My son is doing wonderful!!  He has been on REmicade for 2 1/2 years now.  His last treatment was on Jan 2 and he weighed in at 107lbs.  Well they upped his dose and as of today he is weighing in at about 115lbs.  He started out at 63lbs. He is extremely active and eats well.(Healthy) I just wanted to show his GI the article, because he said there wasn't any correlation and we think there is.



Mark Mac
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   Posted 3/8/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only been on "the cade" for 3 weeks now. I can already notice some increase in appetite and was excited about the possibility of gaining some weight. Unfortunately, nothing yet. I remain hopeful though. I figure after 15 years of active disease, my gut has some healing to do before I will start experiencing any absorption.
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