Welcome to HealingWell, Sirpoopsalot. I think most doctors try to use the more established drugs with a longer history first, then move to the newer ones. I've noticed here on the forum, though, that some doctors now seem to be trying Remicade before immunosuppressants. Both biologics such as Remicade and immunosuppressants such as 6-MP can have some bad side effects, though they are not common.
I have no idea what your doctor means when he says you don't "qualify" for Remicade. Maybe a payment problem with the insurance company? At any rate, I'd definitely ask him "Why don't I qualify?" It may be some outdated protocol he's following.
My strong suggestion would be to get a second opinion. Many of us on this board are on our second, third or fourth GI, simply because we need to have a doctor who's a "fit" with us. So if your doctor isn't communicating with you, it's time to find one who can.
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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