A clinical trial means you are the guinea pig, possibly for experimental medication. Clinical trials with experimental meds are best reserved for patients who have not been able to achieve a good response with traditional meds. These trials carry unknown risks - after all, that's the reason they call it a "trial." They are trying out a med to see how well patients respond, and also to discover whether there are dangerous side effects.
It might make sense to see whether you can do well on a traditional med like Remicade before jumping to a clinical trial. Is one of the GIs running the trial? Why are they suggesting a trial before you have had a chance to try conventional treatments?
On the other hand, sometimes traditional meds like Remicade are used in clinical trials - to discover, for instance, what is the optimal dosage. Did they tell you which medication was being used in the trial?
Post Edited (njmom) : 11/4/2010 6:35:37 PM (GMT-6)