need info on remicade infusion

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to the hospital Wed for an infusion of remicade. I have had two previously but only while I was in the hospital for severe flare ups. Last flare was in Nov. 2007, less than 2 months ago. My doctor said since I still had some bleeding  he would do the remicade. He wanted to increase my imuran but I told him that I thought the imuran was causing hair loss. It did this before when I was on it in 2003. Had to cut my hair but it did eventually grow back. My question concerning the remicade is, will it have the same effect as it did while I was in the hospital and on other meds. During the other two infusions I was also on flagyl, prednisone, and colozal. I still take the colazal, as well as the imuran and nexium. My doctor also said it was important to take a multivitamin every day. I have read on here where some people like the remicade and others do not. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!!

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 1/20/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
PMH, there's not guarantees with Remi, much like the other drugs we're treated with. My doctor's practice has their own infusion center. I go in at the scheduled time, they give me a Zyrtec and two Tylenol to help prevent reactions. They weigh me, start the IV, then mix the IV and Remicade. It usually takes 2-2 1/2 hours to infuse. Then they hang some normal saline and keep me there for another 15 minutes to be sure I'm not going to have an immediate reaction. Then I go home.

Remi has been great for me; I'm sure I would've had surgery by now if it weren't available. I really have had no side effects other than feeling a little tired the following day.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/20/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I have learned a lot from reading this forum.
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