weaning off entocort with remicade

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   Posted 9/17/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
Well my doctor has decided to try and wean me off the entocort because the remicade seems to be helping a bit. I have also started methotrexate injections about 3 months ago and maybe he figures that should help too. Either way, I've never been able to get my dose of entocort below 9mg/6mg on alternating days. This has been going on for about a year, too long I know, but I don't know if i can wean down to nothing in a matter of a month, which the GI wants me to do now. I think this is gunna cause me problems, as I am already feeling alittle worse on 6mg daily...its been about a week. Anyone wanna share their stories with weaning off entocort, and have they done so with the help of remicade/methotrexate? im kinda apprehensive about the next few months. Do you think the GI will phone in a refill for Entocort if it gets bad? he is hard to make an appointment with. Thanks all.

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   Posted 9/18/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 9/18/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I did really well on remicade (i seriously love the stuff!!) after taking entcort - I started weening right when i had my first dose & did it rather quickly - 6mg for 3 days Then 3mg for 3 days then none
it sucks that everyone is so different & sometimes hearing other people experiences doesnt necessarily help.
Try to stay positive!....:)

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/19/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to wean of entocort and Pentasa after my Humira started. My Doc left it up to me.
I was real slow. I would drop one entocort pill every 2 weeks, then once I took 1 pill for 2 weeks I went to every other day for a week or so...
I was probably over cautious but like you in the past if I dropped just one pill of entocort I would flare bad!!!
Might take you longer than the Doc wants but can't hurt. I think I had my 3rd Humira injection (every 2 weeks) and was still on the entocort.
Try not to worry and keep on the 6mg for a while and see how you do, you might see you are fine and can follow your Doc's orders.
good luck,


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 


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