When does Remicade start kicking in?

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   Posted 11/3/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

I have had two loading doses of Remi, one starting, one after two weeks, now I am scheduled for 4 weeks and then 8 weeks after that. I am not sure if the Remi has started to kick in for me, I am still experiencing symptoms (not major to shut me down), but they are still there. And I am on about 7.5 mg of Pred to about 10 mg, plus Pentasa. I was wondering when does Remi start to kick in and when do you all start to feel its positive effects. Much appreciate your responses.

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   Posted 11/3/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
It varies from person to person. Usually by the 3rd or 4th dose you will feel a difference if it works for you at all. It doesnt work for everyone. I had wonderful results right away but after 8 months it wasnt working anymore so they stopped treatment. I am taking Methotrexate now and it seems to be doing a great job
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 10 months ago. Was on Remicade but just recently switched to Methotrexate, low dose prednisone, and iron. Feeling wonderful.  
God Bless. Tony

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   Posted 11/3/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I started seeing results after my 3rd infusion.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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   Posted 11/3/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw results after my first infusion but after a little over a year of treatment my symptoms are starting to come back. Results vary from person to person and if you're lucky you'll see the effects right away but don't count it out if you don't.

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   Posted 11/3/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband saw marked improvement after the second infusion. Now 18 months later, he's still doing good on the remicade.
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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   Posted 11/3/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had 6 infusions so far... going for my 7th this week.
I didn't really notice any improvement until my 6th infusion... and even then it was only a very slight improvement.
Im hoping this next infusion will only make things better! :)
21 yrs old.
diagnosed with Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis April 2008 - have been in an active flare since.
Prednisone - daily maintenance dose of 10mg. (2pills)
Salofalk - 4500mg daily (9pills).
Iron - 900mg daily (3 pills).
Calcium - 1000mg daily (2pills).
Cod Liver Oil
Allergic to Imuran and Sulfa drugs.
Have had 6 Remicade infusions.... considering surgery.

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   Posted 11/3/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
ozziek, just like I am allergic to Imuram (or 6mp), hence, I am on 7.5 mg of pred, 8 pills of pentasa and I have had 2 doses of remi so far, I am really hoping that remi would work for me and keep me away from the hospital.

Side effects are starting to show up I now have osteoporosis, so I am on the generic version of the fosomax, plus I am a candidate for cortisol induced diabetes. So CD is opening up mortality indices for me. Well....well...
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