Remicade Antibodies

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   Posted 1/27/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
so my brief fling with Remicade is over.  We did the Remicade antibody blood test and i just got the results back today...bad news...
no remicade in the blood but a high level of antibodies- the # was over 8.00 where it should be negative.  Oh well...i don't think it was working for me anyway so we're on to Humira or Cimzia- any thoughts on which one people like better?

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   Posted 1/27/2011 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 1/27/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Bummed for you brother. Keep us up to speed on the next round of meds.

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   Posted 1/27/2011 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Cimzia sounds like a better choice. Shots aren't supposed to be painful like Humira ones. Some recent research evidence suggests less chance of problems due to Remicade antibodies if you go with Cimzia over Humira.

Sorry it didn't work out.

I know there's concerns about the small increase in cancer risk, but you might want to talk to GI about adding an immune modulator (6-MP or MTX) to try to prevent antibodies with new med. That's assuming you can tolerate those meds of course.

Best wishes,

son now 15, dx CD age 10; current meds: MTX and omeprazole; previous tmts: pred, 6-MP, Humira, entocort, GMCS, exclusive enteral feeds, pentasa, mesalamine enemas, cipro, flagyl, many topical treatments for perianal disease
sister, late 40's, short bowel syndrome, TPN w/lipids and vits, severe malabsorption, poor fluid retention, severe complications from malabsorption including retinal damage.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to cimzia when I had built up antibodies in my blood and it did work for the bowel symptoms. The shots are just as painful as the humira ones but that is just for a couple seconds.My legs got a little sore the next day but it was really not that bad. Did you doctors try adding methotrexate or 6 mp along with the remicade to combat the antibodies? When I built mine up, I was able to get a couple years more of remicade by adding those meds. I am back on remicade since a year of cimiza did nothing for my arthritis and my antibodies are pretty much gone. Maybe in the future you will be able to try it again.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   

sorry to hear that, no wonder you were in so much pain, let me know about which ever you choose, and your reactions to them


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   Posted 1/28/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone! i'll keep you posted...just another bummer :(
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
After I developed antibodies to Remicade, I took Humira. I was on it for a bit over a year, at which time I stopped because I was doing well with just SCD and pentasa.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, CoQ10, Betaine HCl
SCD since 12/01/08
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