Remicade and airplanes

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kb5
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to Florida in a couple of weeks and my mother insists that since I am on remicade i should wear a mask on the airplane to avoid infections. I have one more infusion before I go and plan on asking my doctor but thought I would put it out here. Any experinces?
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, started at 60 mg 1/07, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08...down to 10/5...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08-back on 1/16/08 now at 150mg imuran
waiting to be scheduled for remicade.
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea, darvocet for pain
antispasmodics didn't work.


Beth75
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard of taking 'airborne' before getting on a plane, it has a ton of vitamins in it and is supposed to help but that is only what I heard.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.


GardenerJames
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never done anything different since on Remicade. I wash my hands more since getting UC, but I think taking normal precautions is probably enough.
James
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily www.myspace.com/gardenerjames
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
12th Remicade infusion End of March


Pessimist
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   

I am on Remicade and I flew recently.  As my previous posts have suggested, I am very nervous about being exposed to things while taking Remicade.  However, I did not wear a mask while on the plane.  I did have a bottle of Purell and I used it quite often in the airport and on the flights.  After three flights, I did not have any problems!

 

Good luck, and wash your hands frequently!


M-39, UC Diagnosed June 2007

Other stuff:  Migraines/headaches, high blood pressure, essential tremor

Previous Meds: Colazol (caused pancreatitis), antibiotics, Prednisone (several cycles 20mg/day)

Current Meds: Remicade beginning in Oct ‘07, various vitamins, Imitrex, Lortab, Lisinopril


disco
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not on remicade YET, but the airbourne stuff has always worked for me.
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort


MBJOH
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   Posted 3/4/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on Imuran and Humira, both immune suppressants and I flew two weeks ago and cruised for a week and had no problems with catching anything. Just keep the hand sanitizier nearby and enjoy yourself.

Beth75
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   Posted 3/4/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
also I have been on immune suppressants since Oct and have had one minor cold, it was congestion and I had it a couple weeks longer than normal. Now, my husband has had two bad colds and my sister has had about 5 or 6, I have not gotten either of their colds.......(keeping my fingers crossed). Also the guy in the cube next to me and my friend at work have had bad colds.

3 major things I have been doing
1. Not putting my finger in my eyes or eating unless I have just washed my hands
2. Using hand sanitizer
3. not sharing my drinks or food w/people (before I would be like oooh taste my caramel apple martini, isn't it delicious!, now people can try it at the end of my drink).
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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