Benedryl with Remicade

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   Posted 11/2/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it a normal practice to give Benedryl with Remicade?  I get my first infusion this Friday and I know Benedryl in it's pill form knocks me out for a good 8 hours.  I can only imagine what an IV infusion of it will do to me.
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   Posted 11/2/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
They give me Bendrayl (25 mg capsules) and plus tylenol before the infusion. It is not done through IV at least for me.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine isn't through the iv either. I take my premeds (benedryl and tylenol) at home. So I don't have to wait a half hour after they give them to me to start the remicade.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Iram said...
They give me Bendrayl (25 mg capsules) and plus tylenol before the infusion. It is not done through IV at least for me.

Same here.
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Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Same with me,I get the premeds,then they start my IV.
Then they order my Remicade.(thats when I eat lunch)
My infusion center won't order the Remicade until I have an IV.
Then I order my warm blanket and go right to sleep...zzzzzzzzz
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on a different infusion for CD but it is common practice to give tylenol and bendrayl in capsule form at least half an hour before we start the infusion.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My son gets Benedryl (and other premeds) through the IV before he gets his Remicade infusion.  But he gets his infusion in a pediatric infusion center, so maybe that is different.  Good luck to you.  Remicade has been a lifesaver for us.
Take care,
Nancy (son Ben, 15, CD dx 3/06; double Remicade every 6 weeks, Lialda, Probiotic)

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   Posted 11/3/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's a normal practice to help prevent allergic reactions.  I took it in pill form but it still didn't keep me from having reactions and having to stop getting Remicade.

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