When I had my colonoscopy about a year ago, I was taking asacol/lialda and feeling pretty good. My doctor told me that based on the results I’m a candidate for remicade. I worried about this especially since I was feeling pretty good and I knew that remicade was a hardcore drug. He reassured me that we wouldn’t switch until it was necessary- I would stay on the asacol until it no longer worked. Lo, and behold, about 9 months later I started into a flare that caused my doc to start me on Humira. I felt better immediately and though Im currently in a stress-induced mini-flare, he’s put me back on lialda as well as Humira to get me thru th end of the school year.
I didn’t feel like I was having any trouble when I had my scope but based on the way things looked to the doctor, he could apparently see what was coming. If you still don’t think it’s the right thing, get a second opinion, it couldn’t hurt!
Also, I think the major side effects (lymphoma, TB, etc…) are really rare, however, your hubby should definitely watch his skin closely if he starts an anti-TNF because I developed rosacea and others have reported eczema and psoriasis.
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)