I was dx January 2006 with UC. On Colazal, prednisone, Canasa, and Imuran. Only found any relief on prednisone, however my gastro does not like to keep patients on pred. for an extended period. Off of pred. and on Colazal and Imuran I was as bad as I was prior to my diagnoses and in meds in late 2006. Put on Remicade in January, 2007. Remicade was, and maybe still, is my miracle drug- I no longer lived in the bathroom and I was able to work and live without UC being a daily burden.
Last Remicade infusion was 2/21/08 and as of today I am totally having a nice little UC flare. I have had a rocky last two weeks with just going to the bathroom a few more times than normal and feeling a little off. Last two days, I am going to the bathroom in the excess of a dozen times and I have a very small amount of blood.
I have surfed the UC forum since my diagnosis and know that a lot of you all are on Remicade or have taken it in the past. Have
you all ever had flares on Remicade? How long did they last? Has Remicade just stopped "working" for anyone?
I am completely freaked that this is it for Remicade working for me and I know that my medication options are almost all used up.
Any advice or words of wisdom would be appreciated.
Diagnosed UC January 2006
Colazal 4x 3x per day
Azithiaprine 200 mg per day
Remicade since 1/07
Remicade Remission since late February 2007 !!
Calcium 1200 mg daily