Humira, Remicade, Cimzia and remission?

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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone ever went into remission on these drugs, stopped them and stayed in remission?....

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   Posted 3/27/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Not me. ;-( Was in remission on Remicade 2 years though and that's worth a lot (for me)!

Also a note...  I think it would depend upon how mild your case of Crohn's is.  The meds you listed are designed as maintenance meds.  The theory being that taking them is required to help.  That said, stopping Remicade for long periods of time can build an immunity to the med.  Your body can develop antibodies and then it can stop working (or have an adverse reaction).  For some people, once the body stops responding to one TNF, others are less effective.  Basically, I wouldn't mess with maintenance if something is working.

--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08 => STOPPED 10/3/08 - now 2 months into it & it was the right decision
--currently taking budesonide suppositories, 3mg at night.  SLIPPING big time.  Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl

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   Posted 3/27/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on remission with all three, but the longest I've gone without any of them is a month.  I did stay on remission for that month in between, but I don't think I would stop a biological completely for much longer than that.   
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 3/27/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I get remicade episodically (which is basically stopping and starting - I only have it when symptoms return and the time inbetween is maintained with methotrexate) I had 2 years remission from my first infusion, 3 years from the second, 6 months from the third and fingers crossed the fourth will give me more.

Most doctors advise against episodic use now but back in the day when they were first dishing it out you only got it episodically when your symptoms returned because of the cost so luckily they still agree to treat me like that, being on a maintenace like methotrexate is supposed to decrease the chances of building an immunity to the remicade.


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   Posted 3/27/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on remicade for 6 months to get me into remission & have been off for almost 4 months now. Using 6-MP for my maintenance drug
knock on wood - so far so good! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I too need to start on either Remicade or Humira.  Not sure which would be better to start on.  I am fearful that I will be starting on a path that may not have any recourse.  Tried all the other meds for UC, 6MP (allergic reaction), been on Lialda max dose, but my UC is not pancolitis, with more bleeding from recent colonscopy.  I really would like to find an GI MD who wants to get to the cause of this for me. 
Question:  Which drug is safer to take to control systems of UC Remicade or Humira?  Also, using these drugs I will persue other holistic approach to this GI problem. 

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   Posted 6/2/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopeful, I suggest you post this question on the UC forum, seeing as your question is about UC.
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Humira since March.  No luck.  My new gastro doc wants to start me back on Remicaide.  Ugggg
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