First, welcome! Sorry you have to be here, but I'm glad you found us.
You're still really new to the medications, so unfortunately, you're probably going to have to wait it out to see if Pentasa puts you into remission or not. Usually, but not always, Remicade is saved for patients who haven't responded to Pentasa, or Asacol, a similar drug, or immunosuppressants, like Imuran or 6MP. For example, when I started Remicade, I was on 60mg of Prednisone and 150mg of Imuran, still having very active disease in my terminal ileum, bleeding with bowel movements, etc.
You can stay on Remicade as long as it works. I got about
a year out of it, but many people stay on it much longer than that. I ended up having a delayed reaction after my GI increased my dose from 5mg/kg to 10mg/kg every 6 weeks.
Remicade does help put people with active inflammation into remission, but then, it is a maintenance drug, and you continue to have infusions every 8 weeks or so to prevent another flare. Because of the serious side effects and the long term nature of starting Remicade, you really need to be sure you want to go on it, and discuss it extensively with your doctor.
Crohn's Disease for a year and counting
Remicade: Every 6 weeks 10mg/kg, next infusion: July 26th
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