Simponi - new RA drug, maybe soon crohn's drug too?

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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
The makers of remicade, have released another anti-tnf drug, simponi:

Someone posted earlier today or yesterday about an injectable remicade - perhaps this is what they were talking about. I know this is approved only for RA now, but perhaps soon it will be approved for crohn's as well. The more choices we have, the better right?
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that, PV.

I just did a quick Google, and Simponi is actually Golimumab... which I *think* was in trial for UC but hasn't been tested in Crohn's yet? Is that right?

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   Posted 4/25/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Choices are great when your running out of them i'm going to check it out or ask me GI when i go up next month thanks for the info. Jenn smilewinkgrin
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.

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   Posted 4/25/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info! Any advances are good news... Hopefully it will make its way to the Crohn's world. We sure could use more chances.
--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
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   Posted 4/25/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
here is more info:

This does not seem to have been tested for ibd patients, but seems to work the same way as humira/remcaide, etc

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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if the new drug has a mouse protein in it like the Remicade does?

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   Posted 4/27/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it is based on human protein.

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   Posted 9/16/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just prescribed simponi for my arthritis, but i have crohn's for 12 years aswell..
I had bad reactions to humira, cimzia and remicade..

Ill keep ya updated on the progress..

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   Posted 9/16/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Mike.
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Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Simponi since June. I just gave myself my fourth injection last week. It has worked very well at controlling the inflammation associatewd with my Ankylosing Spondylitis [AS]. AS was the reason Simponi was prescribed for me. As a side benefit, I have noticed that my CD gut issues are better since I began the injections. I took Remicade for 2.5 years before it lost its effectiveness. I took Humira for 2.5 months and then had a bad reaction. This is why I began Simponi.
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   Posted 4/16/2016 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I realize this post is several years old but doing a Google search for crohns and Simponi this thread shows up on the front page and I still feel it contains valuable information. As of April 2016 Simponi is still not FDA approved for crohns. My GI dr is wanting me to give Simponi a shot since Humira, remicade and cimzia stopped working for me. Also many of you state that Simponi only treats uc and that's wrong. It also helps RA, and since it works on inflammation in RA and UC it obviously is not limited to inflammation in the colon. That being said, crohns can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus so the colon is included in crohns. My crohns effects my colon and small intestine. I plan on starting Simponi in the next few weeks as long as my insurance gives prior authorization. Hopefully they do since I'm running out of options. Been in the hospital 3 times in the last month and even more over the last 6 months. Really hoping I won't need another small bowel resection or a colostomy bag. The price of Simponi with my insurance makes my monthly copay $150, but with the Simponi co pay card it knocks it down to $5, similer to the copay card for Humira. I like hearing that this tnf blocker was made from humans and no rats and also doesn't cause antibodies as I had developed them from Humira. Actually laying in the hospital bed now getting fluids and meds pumped in my iv trying to get my symptoms more manageable. Playing a wait and see game with my blue cross blue shield of Kansas is not fun. Probably end up trying cbd/ cannabis oil if Simponi doesn't work.
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