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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I was speaking with the RN who was giving me my Remicade infusion, and we started discussing Rem vs other biologics. She was saying that the docs in my office have found that they see the best results with Remicade as opposed to Humira or Cimzia. Apparently, those 2 are not administered weight-based, so a 90 pound patient will be receiving the same dose as a 300 pound patient. Any thoughts?
Also, the Remicade drug rep told her that they're working on an injectible Remicade... has anyone else heard about this?
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's at age 16, then with proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, 20mg Prednisone, Bentyl and Percoset as needed... just started Remicade

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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

I have an appt. next week for a Remi infusion. I will ask about this. At this time, I haven't heard of an injectable alternative.
Current Medications:

Pentssa, 1000 mg od
Vitamin D
Red Yeast Rice
Calcium/Magnesium Supplement
Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus Probiotic
Remicade infusion; every 8 weeks
Ambien, PRN
Seasilver Whole Food Liquid Nutrition

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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Nope, never heard of that. The makers of remicade have developed a drug called Ustekimumab, which may be injectible but is a completely different drug than Remicade.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 15mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Kriss, my rheumatologist told me she's seen the best results on Remicade also, but in arthritis, not Crohn's.  But, you are correct that the dosage is the same for everyone on Humira and Cimzia, not weight-based.  I don't understand how the drugs work enough to know if this would cause a difference in response for people who weigh more. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Kriss - I definitely follow your logic. Yet another angle that drives home the guinea-pig nature of our treatments? I dunno. I guess I'm lucky in one respect, if weight/ratio is a factor in efficacy - I'm a shrimp, so this Cimzia should be working like MAGIC! Pah.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!

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