Remicade ?????

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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a question for remicade users...will there ever be a time that when I get an infusion that they won't keep checking by vitals every 15-20 minutes..Im going tommorrow for my 4th infusion and was just curious if it was an all the time thing or will it decrease as time goes by....
currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May

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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
unfortunately, I believe they will always check your vitals - but then again I could be wrong.
Remicade if infused too rapidly can increase your heart rate - which is why such a tiny amount takes several hours to be infused.
They must continue to monitor your heart rate to ensure the rate of infusion is ok.
Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6 12+ months.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope..they'll do it every single time for as long as you are taking it. I don't know where you take it, but for me I am in a room with 6-8 others getting remicade at the same time. The nurse basically walks in a circle the whole time checking temps and BP, noting the # on charts, then back to the start. It would be a lot easier to nap if she wasn't bugging me every 30 mins but I guess I can deal with it to prevent any kind of reaction that might happen from the med.
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

Julia Hill
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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   


When I was on Remicade the nurse continued to check my vital signs for one hour after the infusion was finished.  I hope you have good success with the remi..

Take care,



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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
This Dec. will be 4 years for me, and they still take mine every 30 minutes....very annoying, I know. But it is a good thing for you. My blood pressure has dropped so low that they have had me get up and walk around for a few minutes.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Depends on the doctor, I have been to places where they don't watch vitals during the infusion.  Kind of scared me...
want_2_be_well AKA Mel
32 year old Female
Diagnosed with CD 2006, had been ill off and on for over 10 years.
Also have seasonal allergies, milk allergy, and asthma.
CD Meds: Remicade every 8 weeks, Imuran 50 mg, Pentasa

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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hey they will allways do that its to bug us even more like being there isnt enough ... its just there job and they do well but hey i just want to go to sleep or watch oprah;;;; nono
trying to live life to fullest while on the potty

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   Posted 8/6/2008 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been receiving Remicade for over two years, and still have my vitals taken every 15-30 minutes, depending on the nurse. I'm hooked up to a monitor that takes my B/P automatically.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12mg a day
Imuran 75mg
Miralax as needed, Cortisone enemas as needed
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)

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