Rytm09, welcome to HealingWell. Remicade is one of a fairly new class of drugs called biologicals. In addition to Remicade, it includes Humira, Abatacept and others.
I've been on Remicade for two years, after being in various states of flaring for the five years since my diagnosis. I'm now in remission, and have been since about
a month after starting the Remicade. I go every 8 weeks to my doctor's infusion center where I relax or work on my laptop for three hours while the drug infuses through an IV. Usually the remainder of that day and maybe the next I'm a little tired, but I've had no other reactions to the drug.
I haven't had problems with increased infections at all, nor did I when taking Azathioprine. I do get a TB skin test each year because that's my doctor's protocol for Remi. Since I've started Remi, I've had one cold. No other infections or problems. I do make sure to keep any cuts and scrapes clean, and I wash my hands often to prevent infecting myself with colds, flu, etc.
One of the big concerns for me when starting Remicade was the slight increase in the incidence of certain types of cancer which had been seen in people taking it over time. Since then, research has shown that the risk is primarily associated with taking Remicade and Azathioprine at the same time. After this research was published, my doctor took me off Azathioprine. And remember, it's a very slight increase in your chance of getting a pretty rare form of cancer. So the odds are pretty much in your favor.
A little over two years ago, I was taking Colazal, Azathioprine and Entocort and Imodium, and was still very sick. Today I take Colazal and Remicade and I have my life back. For me, it's been great. To be fair, though, there have been others in this forum for whom in hasn't worked or it did cause an allergic reaction. If you do a search for remicade on this site, you'll find multiple threads discussing it.
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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