None of the biologic drugs are available as a generic version, so they are all very expensive, ranging from $2,099 per month to more than $5,000 per month. I hope you have good insurance. Besides insurance, another question to ask your doctor is that once you start a biologic, is it best practices to remain on a biologic permanently or at least until surgery is needed?
I will never advise avoiding biologics if that is the only way to get your inflammation under control. But why not try something with fewer side effects first?
You are a young man at 24 years old. How do you know that you may or may not need to take another immunesuppressive med along with the Remicade? Another ”black box” was issued in 2008 describing cancer occurring in children and young adults
who began taking TNF blockers, such as Remicade, Humira, and Cimzia, along with immunesuppressive medicines such as 6-MP.
While previous studies indicated the increased risk of infection and lymphoma, evidence published in 2006 in the Journal of the American Medical Association
suggested that Remicade can triple
the risk of skin cancer.
Your doctor may prescribe mesalamines which OTOH are known to help prevent cancer.
Male, born 1951, DX IBD Feb08. No meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Food diary instead of SCD or Paleo.
When needed VSL#3DS sprinkled over powdered psyllium seed is very helpful.
Lactobacillus Reuteri (NCIMB 30242), Culturelle, Saccharomyces boulardii.
Fish oil, curcumin, extra D3, magnesium, multivitamin, glutamine when gut repair needed.
Resistant Starch and lots of fruit & vegetables (but no cruciferous), No Gluten, no soda, no HFCS, no shellfish. No processed foods with maltodextrin, sorbitol, polysorbate80 or carrageenan. No GMO foods saturated with Roundup.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys
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