Remicade & Fungal Infections

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farfrmnormal
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All!

I'm currently on Remicade - my last dose was 300mg and my nest infusion is being upped to 400mg and then changed to a 6 week cycle.

I've been experiencing recurring vaginal irritation for the last two years and finally in September of last year we figured out that I had yeast infections that weren't showing up on cultures. I took Diflucan for a month and finally got rid of the sucker . . . Until I got put on Flagyl. In January I stopped the flagyl and started Remicade and was on Diflucan for 2 months trying to get rid of a yeast infection... At least that's what the Nurse practioner told me I had during a routine pap.

Anyway, the symptoms went away for a while (about 3 weeks) and are back again. My question is, has anyone ever had problems with recurring yeast infections after they went on Remicade? What have you done to "cure" it or get rid of it?

Thanks!
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


insagent
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Total Posts : 97
   Posted 3/17/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Remicade since May 08, I had reoccuring yeast infections while I was on pred, but since I've been off I haven't had any problems. I would alway take Diflucan to clear mine up until the next time.  I'm not sure what you could do, I know they make a pill you can buy over the counter at Wal-mart by AZO for yeast, it says it's suppose to help with that, I haven't tried it, but I would maybe talk to your doctor about it and see if this is something he/she would recommend you trying.
 
 
 
Tannie 27 yrs Crossett,AR *Currently in Remission*
dx May 08 ,Just finished a 8 month round of pred in January 09. Remicade every 8 wks. 
Taken off 6-MP due to liver toxicity 09/08
Taken off of Asacol also 09/08


farfrmnormal
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   Posted 4/1/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still experiencing troubles and Diflucan combined with OTC kits aren't working. I had read that fungal infections are a common thing with Remicade. Hoping someone else may have some insight. Right now I'm on 50mg a day of Diflucan for a month. It's really starting to put a damper on my intimate life.
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


FallColors
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Have they cultured recently? It may be something else this time that takes a differnet med to kill. Just a suggestion.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


farfrmnormal
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 4/7/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes - they cultured.
Now they have run a blood test to see if I may have Fungemia. Ever heard of it?
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life

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