Remicade infusion when you have the flu

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   Posted 4/1/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I am just getting over a flu bug, and I'm supposed to be going in for a Remicade infusion today. Do you think that is a bad idea? What can happen to my system if I do follow through with it? I just really, really, really don't want to get off the every 8 week cycle, and then have the Remicade lose its effectiveness.
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   Posted 4/1/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you see a Dr. before the infusion?  You could always ask when you get there.  Mine won't let me get the infusion even if I have a bad cold.....

Diagnosed Pancolitis 5/05.
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   Posted 4/1/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I understand if you get the infusion and are sick it will make whatever you had much worse. The first thing the nurses always ask is if I have been sick or have a cut. They even worry about cuts!?! Its nice to know that they are looking our for us. I would give your GI a call.
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 5mg pred, 150mg Imuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea, darvocet for pain
antispasmodics didn't work.

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   Posted 4/1/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had Remicade.....but it sounds like a bad idea to even consider to have it while you're sick with any virus.

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 4/1/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it's wise to get your infusion while you have the flu. Are you totally over it and feeling better? If not, call your GI and explain; I think once you are feeling better you can reschedule right away.


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   Posted 4/1/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When i went in for my 2nd infusion i was asked lots of questions about my health and had to fill out a check list to say i hadnt had any infections / coughing  etc etc
they did say that certain things were allowed . i.e for crohns / colitis they expect to see abdominal pain / diareah etc and so if i ticked those boxes it would still be ok
but anything else ticked i would have been sent away , and as a final test they asked me to do a urine sample to check for infections . i guess if you ring the infusion centre / dept they will tell you
i was surprised to have the urine test done , as it was never mentioned to me before
and i was worried i would get sent away as i had already put the infusion off by 10 days due to a throat infection / course of antibiotics .
my 1st infusion was done whilst i had a cold but i was admitted as a casulty patient and they said that i needed the infliximab regardless of having a cold .not sure what they would do for flu , it might not be great for everyone else in the ward / area if you go in whilst you are ill . saying that when it comes to our health who can blame us for not wanting to wait
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