Posted 4/12/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)

Thanks for the responses.  That's the clarity I was seeking.  It makes sense that Remicade is targeting a different part of the immune system.  I had just assumed that they were all immune responses and it was all the same. 

I guess if I had thought this through, I would have realized that Remicade would be perscribed for severe allergies if it was effective at treating them. 

M-39, UC Diagnosed June 2007

Other stuff:  Migraines/headaches, high blood pressure, essential tremor

Previous Meds: Colazol (caused pancreatitis), antibiotics, Prednisone (several cycles 20mg/day)

Current Meds: Remicade beginning in Oct ‘07, various vitamins, Imitrex, Lortab, Lisinopril

Posted 4/12/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)
Hi..thanks Judy for the clarification.

Pessimist ....have you considered to try also targets specific reactions due to allergies. I think it's better than being on constant antihistamines.

I have "allergies"....but not clinically fitting to the criteria. IGE and other levels go up, but not high enough to be classified...sigh. What helped is one doctor who actually said "we don't really know what to do with patients like you whose whole system reacts in a way that doesn't fit into a specific criteria". It was freeing actually, and allowed me to only treat as I went along rather than trying to take the allergy meds continually.

Sherry....that's very strange regarding your allergies being worse.  How long have you been on the Singulair? 


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 4/12/2008 2:01:32 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 4/12/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)
Quincy, that's basically where I am. My reactions are identical to "allergies" except they aren't IGE-mediated, so desensitization won't work. All I can do is treat it symptomatically, and I live in the allergy capital of North America.

One more reason I'm prone to say "I have autoimmune disease. Right now it's showing itself in my colon, skin and nose. Before it showed itself in my thyroid and lungs. Who knows what I have to look forward to next?" My PCP laughs, and my GI just shakes his head.
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.
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Posted 4/12/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)
I've been on Singulair for a year and it helps GREATLY with my allergies. Keeps my nose from stuffing up anyway. I still get pestered with post nasal drip but I can't take any of the decongents because I'm sensitive to them. So I just deal with it. Allegra does nothing for me.
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