Post Edited (Jen77) : 2/16/2009 10:49:11 PM (GMT-7)
I absolutely cannot go med free, I have episodic infliximabs maintained with methotrexate (25mg tablets weekly) this kept me in remission for 5 years - the only blip I had was after I'd been in remission for 2 years so they decided to take me off the methotrexate which sent me straight into a flare up so went straight back on it.
Now for the last year I have been having flare ups and I firmly believe one factor is that I'm not absorbing my methotrexate properly anymore, which makes a lot of sense - I don't get side effects anymore, I never get ill from anything and I used to get a throat infection every 2 months without fail for 5 years, I also have malabsorption issues so if I'm not absorbing nutrients theres a good chance I'm not absorbing my meds either, finally my doctors have agreed I may be right (one thing that does my head in about seeing doctors at the moment is you don't get a consultation you get a darn drugs pitch, right now they're trying to switch everyone to humira - I was there when the drug rep came in to talk to the doc, they obviously have a good deal going with each other, now they've realised my health isn't for sale they're finally listening!) and after my next infliximab I'm switching to the injection form of methotrexate to see if that helps.
Even though I had to put up with side effects 1 day a week plus infections I'd take that anyday over a flare up, if just not absorbing it properly is causing me this many issues I'd never risk going med-free - I enjoy remission too much!