Dear KB5. This is my first time posting so I hope it this message is helpful. The Remicade regimen you mentioned sounds right. I had my first Remicade infusion on February 1, 2008, my second on February 15, 2008 and my third is scheduled for March 14, 2008. After that I will be receiving infusions every 8 weeks. The infusion is painless. You will be bored out of your mind for about 3 hours and possibly tired from the allergy medicine (usually Benadryl) that they give you prophylactically for potential allergies. If your husband does not go with you, you should definitely have him escort you home because you may be drowsy.
I was diagnosed with UC in December 2002. Since then, I had about 5 flare ups, all of which were quickly controlled by Prednisone except for my last flare up which began late December 2007. For some reason I did not respond to 50 mg Prednisone, so my doctor started me on 6 MP. However, the 6 MP takes a couple of months to work, and my colitis was out of control, hence the beginning of Remicade.
With respect to the efficacy of Remicade, I found that I got a little worse before I got better so don't lose faith if you do not see immediate results. Some people, however, see immediate results. A large factor in your responsiveness to Remicade will be the severity of your current colitis flare up. My colitis was pretty severe and effected various patches of my colon with lots of pain requiring lots of Codeine. Therefore, it was not until about a week after my second infusion that I started seeing drastic results, down from 10 bowel movements a day to 2.
I truly hope Remicade works for you.
Diagnosed with UC in December 2002 at age 28.
Remicade, Prednisone 30 mg and tapering down, 6MP (mercaptopurine) 75 mg, Cannasa suppository once a day, Colocort enema once at night, Asacol 12 pills a day, Probiotics (Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus one pill twice a day on an empty stomach and MegaFlora Probiotic Formula one pill twice a day on an empty stomach), Olive Leaf Extract, Slippery Elm.