Remicade and Alcohol

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Dave D
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 11/13/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Two weeks ago I had my first infusion. All is going well so far. Last night my wife was looking at the papers they handed out at the infusion center saying to refrain from alcohol as it may impair the effectiveness of the drug. I enjoy my before dinner vodka tonic and anymore don't have many vices to enjoy. Am I contributing to my own demise?
By the way, while I am on a Crohns flair, I am really taking the Remicade to control the Scleritis in my right eye.
Dave D

Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Eye is healing and currently taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) treating the eye. In October if eye is stabilized, will need cataract removal (obviously old steroid associated). Then surgey to the back of the eye to remove scare tissue caused by the detachment.  11/07 Started Remicade to try and reduce the ocular inflamation of the Scleritis since I have been requiring more and more Prednisone to keep the eye quiet.
Married with 4 grandkids.

there's Hope
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 145
   Posted 11/13/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on Remicade and have an occasional drink, maybe every other month when I am feeling good enough to do so. I wasn't told not to drink by my doctor but refrained from drinking for a long time because of all the meds I take. Now I can have a glass of wine here or there with dinner and still feel ok. I won't drink hard liquor like I used to as to avoid getting ill.
26 year old female. Dx with UC in June 2003. Flare up in June 2006 led to CD dx.
Current Meds: Remicade, Asacol, Bentyl, Phenergan, Reglan, Ultram, Celexa and Seaonale, Fish Oil, Lacto and a Multi Vitamin

"There's Hope. It doesn't cost a thing to smile; You don't have to pay to laugh; You better thank God for that!"

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