The information that I was given by my G.I. this week about being more susceptible to failing one TNF medication if you have already failed another previously, was given to him about 2 weeks ago at the National G.I. Conference. This does not mean that because you have failed one then you do not have any other options, but that you must be aware that it is not going to be a sure thing. I have have been on Remicade, and Humira and failed. Remicade worked for about 3 1/2 years and humira never worked and made me really sick. I am currently on Cimzia and so far have not had close to the results that I have had with Remicade. I am also starting to show the same signs of syrum sickness that I exhibited during the last few month on Remicade. You probably won't be able to to find to much information about the correlation between the failure of one TNF inhibitor and the previous failure of another. This information was just released and is still in the early stages of observation. G.I.'s across the country are just now starting to notice it due to increasing amount of patients that have used remicade and are now needing to change. As for the Cimzia talk, most insurances require that you fail Remicade and or Humira before you are even approved for use on it. This is the reason that the Cimza Cimplicity program was developed for financial assistance.
Tsitodawg, I'm sure sorry to hear your luck with TNF blockers has been so yucky.
I know that TNF blockers are very controversial, especially when the discussion of whether or not a TNF blocker will work for a patient that has failed others. However, the quote in my original post is the results of an actual study, not just hearsay; those percentages are actual and factual statistics. Fairly recent ones, too. The date of the article was mid October of this year. Those stats, however, are specific to Remicade failures moving on to Cimzia. They are *not* general stats of moving from any TNF to another TNF. Although I have found other references of other TNF to TNF successes, as well. I was just lazy and posted the one.
The point you made about
nothing being a sure thing applies to pretty much everything in life, and especially getting results from Crohn's medications and treatments. The overall response rate to TNF blockers when used to treat Crohn's is depressingly low. It depends on the source you want to quote, but it seems like the average response (people showing either a reduction in CD symptoms or going into complete remission) is less than half of those that try them. Not very encouraging, for sure. It certainly was not my intent to imply that it *was* a sure thing. And I certainly don't see how reading the quoted source could be construed as a sure thing, either.
The insurance companies really do make it tough. Mine groused about
going straight to Humira before trying Remicade. My GI convinced them to approve it, though. Then after failing the Humira, they again wanted me to go to Remicade. My GI must have a golden tongue, though, because he was able to get me approved for Cimzia.
Just trying to be a "Regular Member".
Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Started Cimzia 12/4/08. Down to 5 mg/day of Pred now, and will continue to taper until completely off as long as the other meds keep me off the porcelain.
I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.
Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 12/21/2008 6:29:01 PM (GMT-7)