I've been on Remicade for two years now. Remicade is one of a new group of drugs called biologicals. Specifically, it's a TNF inhibitor. TNF is tumor necrosing factor, a substance that is found in high quantities in people with certain auto-immune diseases such as RA and UC. Remicade works by interfering with the TNF and preventing it from doing its dirty work.
When I get my Remicade, I go to the infusion center my GI's practice operates. I pay a $35 co-pay and the insurance pays the rest. The medication itself is very expensive, between $5000 and $10000 depending on your weight. How it's charged out depends on your doctor's set up. I'd suggest you talk to someone at the doctor's office to see how they do it.
The Remicade doesn't directly influence my arthritis-like pain, but it does keep my UC in remission, which then decreases my arthritis symptoms.
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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