Remicade is FDA approved for UC and my insurance approved it alreaday (but I went into remission, so I have not gone that route yet). Humira is not yet FDA approved for UC, it is for Chron's, so at this point, I don't know if it would be covered through my insurance, I would probably have to fail on remicade and then go through some monumental steps to get approval or get on a study (which I take other meds for my kidneys, so they prob. would not want me).
I hope this flare was caused by me taking aspirin, which can cause us UC'ers to flare up. When I taper down again, if I flare up, I will most definitely seek out remicade. If Imuran works for me, I have no problem taking it for as long as I can. I feel like I am just buying time anyway..........
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!