Carol, with the placebo controlled study the first 3 infusions were 2 weeks apart. After that they were every 4 weeks. The
open label study I’m in now is every 4 weeks right from the start. The infusions are typically 30 minutes long. The first few in the placebo study were 2 hours. I was told that that was to help mask what dosage or placebo was used.
There are increased risks taking Abatacept and Remicade at the same time. I imagine your doctor would want you off the Remi for a time before starting Abatacept. For the study I had to be off Remi for 12 weeks. Has Remicade stopped working for you? I have my second
open label treatment in less then 2 hours and I’m now off to the hospital. Whish me luck.
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC extending half way across transverse colon.
Allergic reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Currently in Abatacept trial - waiting for remision