Thank you everyone for your replies. The reason I am asking is because I hear so many people say that they have a bad reaction to it and I never did.
Back in 1999 when it first came out they would administer it to me over an 8 hour period because the drug just came and they wan't to be very cautious for any reactions.
I have been receiving it ever since then every 8 weeks. After the 1st year I graduated to having it administered over a 6 hour period.
Then 2nd year to a 5 hour period. Finally a 4-5 hour period and everything was working fine.
Now I go to a infusion center for my last 2 treatments due to my new insurance coverage. They have administered it to me the 1st time in a 2 1/2 hour time frame from start to finish and I did feel kind of funny, but I thought I just needed to get use to it.
This last time they gave it to me over a 1 1/2-2 hour time frame from start to finish and I have really been having a hard time with it still!!!!
So, I am starting to wonder if the reason most people have a reaction to it or hard time with it if it is due to how fast they administer it?
I am scheduled to go for my next infusion the end of May. I am going to contact my GI and let him know how fast they have been administering it to me and have him contact them and tell them to ssssllllloooowww it down again.
I have had such wonderful luck with this drug and I don't want to have this place screw anything up for me.
That is why I posed the question on how fast it is administered for everyone because I believe that may be the reason why so many people have had bad side effects with it.
I hope more people who use or have tried this drug will continue to post. I am really curious about this and would love to pass this information onto my doctor.
Maybe administering it very slowly over a 4-5 hour period IS KEY.
Thanks so much!!!
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