If you take Remicade...how long have you been on it, and hows it workin for ya

How long have you been on Remicade
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Gloriousm84
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 5/4/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I was just curious how long everyone has been on Remicade, and how well it has worked for them.
 
I have been on it for over 3 years and it has worked pretty good. Yes I did have to have surgery this year, but I was also on prednisone and 6-mp so not much was doing a lot anyways. I feel really comfortable with it, but I am just a wee bit afraid of the cancer risks since I am also on immunosupressants with it. Anyone else in the same situation.
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Remicade every 6 weeks, 6-mp, Nexium (GERD)
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines, GERD
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon


tsitodawg
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 845
   Posted 5/5/2008 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on remicade for just over 3 years and it used to work great for me.  When I orginally started, it was every other month, but soon moved to every month at the max dose of 10.  Little by little, the remicade start not lasting quite as longer and I was forced to try to assist it with other medications such as 6-mp and methotrexate injections.  I did the best when I was on both 6-mp and remicade, but it caused my liver enzymes to go out of sight.  The methotrexate with the remicade made me very sick and now the remicade only works for about a week, so my doctor took me off of it.  I tried to switch over to humira about a year ago, but it made me so sick that I figured that a week or 2 of good remicade results was worth more to me than the humira results.  I would recommed remicade for anyone that has not responded to the lower classes of medications, but I was advise them to wait as long as they could before starting them.  I am all of medications to use and surgery is not an option just yet.  Good luck.

teddybearweiser
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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 3042
   Posted 5/5/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have been on Remicade for almost 5 years and I have no-side effects from the drug. The remicade has kept me from having a 2nd surgery. Good luck with your Remicade.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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