Remicade had me in remission for two years before I lost the response. Then I failed Humira. Now trying Cimzia, but only at week 3 so it's hard to tell. I also re-started Xifaxan tonight. (That's the brand name for rifaximin.) I took it previously for a couple of months and it seemed to help. Why not start both?
It's hard to fail a drug, I totally am with you on that one. Just remember there are new options all the time. And, as much as we hate them, steroids can help us through a tough spot. Hang in there!
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08 => STOPPED 10/3/08 - now 2 months into it & it was the right decision
--currently taking budesonide suppositories, 3mg at night. SLIPPING big time. Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl