How long for Remicade to work

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/1/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
After an infusion, how long does it normally take before you start to notice any improvement?
Mother of 18 year old son
6MP 100mg

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 4/1/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I noticed an improvement within a few days. Others posting on the board say they didn;t notice any real improvement until their 5th or 6th infusions. I am still not in complete remission but am steadily improving and am doing way better than I have since diagnosis two years ago.
I am on a six week Remicade schedule.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Lexipro 10 mg; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, tapering attempt, down to 5 mg. daily. Xanax as needed. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums
12/1 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron) injections; Off of the following:Entocourt EC; Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07)

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 4/2/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My UC started slow and then came on real strong causing me to lose 50lbs in 3 months. Nothing worked except Remicade. I was having at least 10 BM's per day. After my first infusion of Remicade I noticed a huge improvement 2 days later. In fact, I was back to normal after 3 days. That's how well it worked for me. 

Diagnosed April 2005.
Took Prednisone and other anti-inflammatory drugs to no avail.
Remicade July 2005 worked wonders. 3 infusions only. None since October 2005.
No daily drugs. Only 6MP pills if I have a flare up which has only occurred twice since stopping Remicade.

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