I don't know the "average" but here's my experience... I never lasted the 8 weeks. In the beginning it *did* put me in remission, but I'd start bleeding again at about
6 weeks. We did infusions about
every 6 weeks and I stayed in remission for 2 years. then it started sliding and my symptoms would reappear at 4 weeks. That's when we doubled the dose (10mg/kg) but it was no more effective. So I tried Humira which didn't work as well as the Remicade at 6 week intervals. But, my doc had me on Humira for 6 months... When I went back to Remicade I was fine on the first infusion, but the second I got hives in my mouth. After that infusion it was as if I'd had saline. It just didn't work at all. So I guess I'd say it was a slow drop in efficacy, but quick on re-induction. :-(
I'm on Cimzia now, but it's never put me in remission. In all honesty, I don't think it's doing much at all (ESR=82) but I'm scared to stop for the same reason tsitodawg mentioned.
1 fistula with two tracts, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Cimzia. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
Post Edited (sr5599) : 8/22/2010 3:36:53 PM (GMT-6)