Oh, good article. Thanks for posting it!
So, it sounds like, if remicade is detected in sub-therapeutic levels, you should increase the dosage and/or frequency of remicade. If HACA is detected, patient should be switched to a different anti-tnf agent. If the patient is showing active disease, but has adequate (therapeutic) levels of remicade, then, the patient should be switched to a completely different medication that is not an anti-tnf agent.
That's good to know. I live in dread of remicade not working for my hubby. This at least tells me what maybe the best course of action should that dreaded event occur.
Thanks so much.
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
Currently c-diff free
Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
Currently In Remission