crohn's medications

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 2/9/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had crohn's disease for 8 years now. In that time I've been on Asacol, Pentasa, 6mp, Imuran, and most recently Remicade. I've also been on and off Prednisone several times a year for each of the 8 years. Nothing has really worked all that well for me for any length of time. The Remicade attacked me worse than my crohn's ever has. My doctor wants me to try Humira. While I know that Humira works well for a lot of people, I'm a little nervous about it since my Remicade reaction. I was wondering if anyone on here was taking any other medications that I might be able to look into and talk about with my doctor.

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 7119
   Posted 2/9/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
If you scroll down to the medication section at the following link, you will find great info about all the different drugs used to treat CD.
CCFA Educational Brochures
Moderator Crohn's Disease Forum
CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 2/9/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on all those drugs to....Remicade worked wonders for me until my body built anti-bodies to the drug. So then my doctor told me to try humira. It sucked at first cause I had to do 4 shoots all that once but I have been on it for over a year now and have been in remission. When I first started I was using the humira pens that are spring loaded and that hurt really bad cause it went way to fast. Now I just do the syringe very other week, the first month I got sick to my tummy after but now I have no problems at all.
Good luck

Aimee =)
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2004
Total Posts : 1020
   Posted 2/9/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I, too, have been on many of those and had great results with Remicade until I built antibodies to it. I have been on Humira for a year now and it's been a miracle drug for me. It has less risk of reaction, and is available to do at home instead of under teh watch of a doctor.

I haven't had any issues or reactions and saw results within a week or two of my loading doses.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 629
   Posted 2/9/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I also had a reaction to remicade. No I am on Levisan and Welchol. And I am in remission after being on 6mp, pentasa, entocort, pred, remicade, asacol, Azathioprine i think that is all..  I finally found something that has so far worked.. Good luck

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 2/10/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your help guys, you have given me a lot to look in to! :) I also appreciate the success stories with Humira, I have been really nervous about the prospect of using it!

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 2/10/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I was glad you started this thread as I too might have to stop remicade, and have basically reacted to everything out there. Perhaps Humira might be an option for me too (I was worried that it would be too similar to remicade and won't be able to take it)


Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 355
   Posted 2/10/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on all those medications and more with no real remission in 15 years. I had a reaction to Remicade and had to stop it. It hadn't worked that well anyway. Humira has been a wonderful drug and miracle for me. I have been in remission now for nearly two years. I think you should give it a try. Use the syringes though, because they are not nearly as painful as those pens. Good luck!

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 2/11/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I had an awful reaction to Remicade and I too was leary of starting Humira. I find that it works very well. I do have to take either Benadryl and/or Hydroxine as I am alleric to latex and that is the only way it comes packaged. I actually called Abbott, the company that makes Humira, and was basically told to stop taking the drug or put up with the itching and hardness at the injection site. So far so good. Good luck in your decision making process. Jill
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
Bowel Resections 6/05, 11/05 & 7/06 (removal of terminal ileum and appendix)
Humira 40mg. every week
Percocet 10/325mg
Codeine 30 mg.
Cymbalta 30 mg.
Xanax 0.25mg
Phenergan 25 mg.
Zofran 8mg.
Hydroxine 25mg.
B12 Injections monthly

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2004
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 2/12/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in a very similar situation Nikki. I've been on almost every medication out there with it either not working or having a severe reaction. I've been taking cortenema recently and within the next couple weeks will be starting the Humira. My doctor has been putting it off for about a year, which I was ok with but always feeling sick is getting frustrating. I'm pretty nervous about the Humira since I have heard it stings but hopefully this will finally be the medication that works for me! Good luck to you!

Blue Velvyt
Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 194
   Posted 2/12/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont want to sell false hope here but I to was on all those medications, I was just getting ready to switch to humira when I decided to try a more natural approach.

I went with the Makers Diet and have been improving every day, 3 weeks in now and I feel almost as good as I did when I first got sick. I am of course going to check with my doctor on the 26th of this month and have a full blood workup done to see if these changes are making a difference in my vitamin levels, inflamation levels and any other levels they can think of to check.

The remicade did not work for me, neither did any of the other drugs for the last three years.

I very much hope you get better no matter which route you take. The book changed my life, I only hope I can return the favor through telling of my current success.

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 2/12/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm either allergic or non-responsive to the traditional oral RX used for crohns (I have crohns-colitis specifically, so imuran and asacol, ect didn't do a thing and I was severely allergic) so I had no choice but to put my skeptisism aside and go the natural route and with success...I use bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9, probiotics, fibre supplements and Vitamins, B12, C and A...changed my diet cutting out all junk and processed foods/beverages, drink chamomile tea and water only and exercise regularly and I've gone from 30+ BM's/day with blood, mucus and pain to 5 or less formed stools, no blood, pain, mucus.\

Of course not one thing works for all and often it's a combination that helps the most, just have to find the combo for you, but there is hope...I'm not in total remission (after almost 17 yrs now of having CD) but I'll take what I can get.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 6927
   Posted 2/12/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
What about MTX by injection?
Forum Moderator 
We will find a way, or make one.-Hannibal (crossing the Alps in the 15th Century on war elephants) 
Make sure your suffering has meaning...

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 267
   Posted 2/13/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a terrible reaction while on Remicade, after my second treatment, and had to discontinue it. Then about a year later I asked my GI about Humira, he had never treated a patient with Humira yet, but agreed to let me be his guinea pig. It has made a world of difference in how I feel, how I look, and my quality of life has improved sooo much. Now, I will tell you that I still have to take 3 to 6mg of Entocort daily also. But the combination of the Humira and the Entocort has reduced my D from a dozen times per day to about twice a day, the abdominal cramping has drastically reduced also. I have gained about 12lbs in the past few months because I can finally eat food and it stays in me...haha. My latest colonoscopy showed that most of my ulcers in colon have healed and the inflammation is under control.
I highly recommend giving Humira a try, and if you haven't tried Entocort ask your GI about it too.
Let us know how it goes!
"Difficult things take a long time,
impossible things a little longer. " ~Author Unknown
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 2x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 2/15/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Humira has been a miracle for me.  In October I was basically told I either get better or I have my colon removed.  Basically, Humira was my last chance for now since I had tried everything else.  I say go for it.  Trust me, it is worth it.  Being able to leave the house and do what I want is worth the effort of the injection every other week.

27 yr. old female
Florastor (probiotic)
Fish Oil
Maker's Diet
DX in November 2003
no surgeries to date

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, November 18, 2017 5:54 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,895,187 posts in 317,772 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 157376 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, marcusz.
326 Guest(s), 9 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Pirouette, Serenity Now, astroman, Charlie55, lovif, Mergirl, NKinney, Rheticus, Tena believes

About Us | Advertise | Donate
Newsletter | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Pinterest
©1996-2017 LLC  All Rights Reserved.