No, you don't have to be on any other meds to take Remicade. Most of us do continue taking a 5-ASA like Asacol or Colazal, and a lot of doctors will give you an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Zyrtec and perhaps tylenol right before the infusion.
Don't worry, if the Colazal doesn't do it for you, you can always start the Remicade. If necessary, you can always do another short course of Pred. All of the decisions you made are reversible, so just relax and see what the next weeks bring.
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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