pre-meds b4 remicade

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   Posted 1/20/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
what kind of meds do they give you before remicade? and is it pills or shots, and how do they tell if you need meds before a treatment?

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   Posted 1/20/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a while since I had Remicade, but I was given two Extra Strength Tylenol along with two Benadryl. These were given in pill form. Later as I developed some side effects, the Benadryl was given to me in the I.V. At the time, I believe they gave these two medications to everyone just as a precaution.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 10mg of Zyrtec the day before, the day of and the day after treatment. I also take 2 Tylenols with the treatment.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I always get two tylenol pills when I get there, and then I get Benadryl through the IV right before the treatment actually starts.
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade only, every 16 weeks.
Digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Doing pretty darn good, all things considered. :-)

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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I always get 2 xtra strength tylenol and 2 benedryl and sometimes they will give me steroids also.They always ask if i premedicated and if i didn't then they give me some at the office.
dx in oct 2006
entocort ec 9mg 1xday
remicade 10mg per kilo every 6-8 weeks
phenagren every 8 hours
dycyclomine 20mg 3xday
iron 325mg 2xday
calcium supplement
hydrocodone/apap 5mg/500mg 1-2 tabs every 4-6 hours
hydroxyzine 25 mg 1 tab every 4-6 hours
glycopyrrolate 2 mg every 8-12 hours

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   Posted 1/20/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I get 2 extra strenght tylenol pills, 25mg of benadryl through IV, Solumedrol through IV, and Zyrtec the day before
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Prednisone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Remicade,
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon

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   Posted 1/20/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a tylenol and benedryl 30 minutes before the infusion.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I get 80 mg of solumedrol, and 100 mg of benadryl, it helps.
Thanks!!!! (Hugs)

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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I up my pred to 40 mg a week before, and do 60 mg the day before, day of, and day after my infusion, then taper back to my normal dose over 2 weeks. I take 2 Tylenol, a Claritin, 2 Benadryl, and 150 mg of Zantac about a half hour beforehand. If I have a reaction (hives, tightening in my chest, difficulty breathing), I get IV Benadryl and Solumedrol. :)
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
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Taking Asacol, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Levbid, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Aciphex, Lomotil, Soma, Frova, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and pain meds.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I take Claritin and tylenol 1 hour before my Remicade infusion.
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

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   Posted 1/21/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 2 tylenol and 2 benadryl 30 mins before infusion. Then once they get my IV in, I get solu-cortef in the IV. After that I wait 20 mins before they start the remicade. I never did any of this when I first started taking remicade. But since I have started/stopped and now restarted they want to take precaution incase I have built up any anitbodies. It's not that big of a deal, plus kinda makes me drowsy so I can relax during the 3 hours of sitting. GOOD LUCK!

Fibromyalgia DX March 2003
Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
Currently on Remicade/8 weeks

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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 I don't take a thing. just show up get checked out, get stuck, get infused, & get to go home. its that easy for me.
 when i really need meds is two weeks leading up to the CADE. my feet & ankles hurt so bad i have trouble walking. i don't remember my joints hurting like this before i started the CADE.
makes me wonder if i am trading one problem for another.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 2 Extra strength Tylenol and a Claritin, both in pill form about an hour before I get infused.
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, Seaonale, Seroquel, Fish Oil, Lacto and a Multi Vitamin

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