I have had two different insurance approvals on Remicade. One insurance company took 30 days. The other insurance company took 5 days.
I woke up starving the day after my first infusion. I felt immediate relief with in the first 48 hours of remicade. I too had lost a significant amount of weight and I gained it back within 3 months of being on remicade. Now I have even gained a few extra pounds :(
As for the treatment itself. It is not painful, you don't feel it going into your body at all. My only advice is don't drink to much before hand having to use the restroom with the IV can be a pain but not an issue if you have to go :) My only side effect I noticed of remicade was during my first 3 or 4 infusions, I would get gassy and bloated. I also would sleep for hours afterwards and then be up all night.
Best of luck to you, I hope Remicade works as well for you as it has for me!
want_2_be_well AKA Mel
32 year old Female
Diagnosed with CD 2006, had been ill off and on for over 10 years.
Also have seasonal allergies, milk allergy, and asthma.
CD Meds: Remicade every 8 weeks, Imuran 50 mg, Pentasa