For those on remicade or who have taken remicade

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songstress
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   Posted 9/13/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
what side effects did you experience?
 
for those who couldnt continue infusions...what symptoms/side effects did you have? was it an allergic reaction?

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005. I deal with daily arthritis ALL over my body, cystic acne, & fibromyaglia. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently being treated with 4000mg of Pentasa daily, 60mg solumedrol, and Remicade.


Danielle04
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   Posted 9/13/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
i was on remicade for a little over a year, i never had any side effects or reactions too it, even when they uped the dosage. Eventually, it stopped working for me and i had to start taking Humira which is similar.

onebloodonelife
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   Posted 9/13/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I had absolutely zero side effects until we had to double my dose, and I had a lupus like reaction. Basically, I had a rash on my forearms, severe joint pain, and tingling in my hands. Do you think you've had a reaction?
Crohn's Disease for a year and counting
Imuran: 150mg
Remicade: Had a delayed reaction, waiting for Humira approval
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
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Lisa430
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I did the 3 loading does and then developed the lupus like syndrome- really achy joints, rash on my face. I also developed itching all over my body, which we think was an allergic reaction. Good news was that it really helped the CD. All of the symptoms have gone away in the 7 weeks since I took the last infusion. My doctor is switching me over to Humira and hoping I don't have a reaction.

Aimee =)
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   Posted 9/13/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Only side effect I had was hair loss. It wasn't noticeable but lots came out when I shampooed or brushed my hair. That cleared up a few months after I was off it.

I did eventually develop antibodies to it and we had to change to Humira. I was on it 2.5 years. Never reacted or had issues (nor took premeds!) until I slowly started to go into a major flare even with the Remicade. At a regular infusion, I suddenly started to react - my throat started to swell, couldn't breathe, heartrate went up, I turned red, etc. We got through the infusion by slowing it and taking Benadryl. I tossed it off as a fluke.

4 weeks later, I was admitted to the hospital for a major flare. Given Remicade the first day there and reacted again.

GI concluded I had built antibodies to it which was 1) causing it to no longer work (thus the flare) and 2) caused a reaction.

So we gave up and moved to Humira.

Bane
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   Posted 9/14/2007 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
my experience with remicade was similar to danielle's. it worked fine, no side-effects that i noticed (though on the day of the infusion i was pretty worn out), but over time it just slowly stopped working. eventually, it got to the point where i would have been working full-time to pay for my treatment and nothing else, so we stopped it and i began my long and painful journey of getting sick enough to enter a clinical trial of humira, which resulted in the loss of my job. but the drug is working and i didn't like work anyway, so its all good. except now i have to get another job :/
19, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 9/14/2007 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Songstress,
I have be on Remicade for over 2 years and I have no-side effects. I think its a wonderful
drug.
TBW
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007
 


songstress
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/14/2007 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
well I was on it over 2 yrs ago and no side effects this time around Im having issues

Ive got fever, blurred vision, sores all in my mouth, weak, tired, sore throat, shortness of breath. I had the infusion on monday so Im curious when these will go away

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005. I deal with daily arthritis ALL over my body, cystic acne, & fibromyaglia. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently being treated with 4000mg of Pentasa daily, 60mg solumedrol, and Remicade.


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/14/2007 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Very, very painful joints caused by serum sickness. I had had a delayed reaction (shortness of breath, pain in joints, slight fever, 5-14 days after an infusion) when I first started the drug, but it was controlled with the 6MP and steroids and antihistamines. Then one of my doctors decided to take me off the 6MP and I started having severe joint pain. It took months to stop the pain after I stopped the infusions.

Unfortunately, the infusions and/or the 6MP were really helping. I ended up having to have surgery.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


tlw
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
i've been on remicade for over a year. for the past several months i have been seeing a foot doctor due to a horrific rash on my feet (the skin looked like aligator skin). i could peel the skin off; it had a terrible itch and once i'd soak my feet the skin would peel off easily but the next day the skin would look raw and have a burning pain. it eventually spread to my arms and palms of my hands. after treatment from the foot doctor failed after a few months, my gastro finally concluded that it was a side effect from the remicade. he suggested i see a dermatologist. i saw another gastro yesterday for a 2nd opionion, and he recommended since the remicade has not improved my condition in over a year, that i should discontinue the remicade treatments.

Krysta
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/14/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had my 3rd infusion yesterday. I have had reactions all 3 times, but they are always ready with the extra benedryl. I get tylenol, benedryl and hydrocortisone. Yesterday they gave me the benedryl and hydrocortisone IV push! That made me feel a bit "messed up" for a few minutes. I started having chest discomfort and difficulty breathing about 30 minutes after they hung the remicade, so they stopped it and administered more benedryl and then they started it again. They only run mine at 50 ml/hr, so it takes me about 7 hours if you include the stopping in the middle. I think it may actually be starting to work, though, since I have had a day here and there with no diarrhea! It typically makes me feel really tired for a few days afterwards, and sometimes I get flushing and nausea. These are side effects that can happen, but they don't include it in the patient pamphlet on the drug (at least not in mine), so i just look it up in my nursing drug guide and it tells you the most common side effects in italics.

Good luck!
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, prednisone, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, buspar, trazodone, multi V, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
Many allergies. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, depression, ITP 
Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right ~ Ani Difranco
 
 

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