shingles vaccine b4 remicade

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/1/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has decided to start remicade for his colitis because so far every other treatment has
failed to get him any relief. His Dr. agreed with us that getting a shingles vaccine was a good idea
to have before starting treatment(just turned 60) We have found out that the vaccine is on backorder
for 6-8 wks and that Merick (co that produces vaccine) has stated to wait 30 days before starting
treatment since vaccine is a live vaccine. Dr indicated more like 60-90 days to be safe.

So we are in a dilema, should he start without and hope for the best or wait on vaccine and eliminate
possibility of shingles to add to stress of dealing with this uncontrollable colitis.
My husband also has degenerative disease of the spine and has to also deal with alot of pain from this also.
If we wait, we will have to go on some type of treatment such as prednisone enemas
which he has been on before, recently he came off large dosages of oral prednisone which
left him with myopathy which took him several months to recover from.

His treatment now is just the 12 pills of asacol daily and cortifoam. He is totally housebound, to get
him to the drs office he has to take alot of immodium and suffer next day. His bathroom excursions
average 13-20 times daily. Any suggestions would really be appreciated. confused

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   

My husband got shingles on his face in November 2007. He was 61. The scabs cleared up within a month, however he ended up with post herpatic neuralgia on his face, the pain is intense, stabbing, electrical and almost unbearble. And there is absolutely nothing they can do. The Doc said that it usually dissapates within a year, sometimes it never goes away. We are @ 8 months now. My husband is the Mr. Macho type, but this is kicking his butt. Just some info to help you make a decision.


Good luck to you and your husband~~~

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   Posted 7/1/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I got shingles last year (I'm only 34) and the doc said she wishes I would not have got my Remicade infusion the week prior b/c it reduces the immune system too much. She said I should get the vaccine in about 20 years but for now it is too risky with my compromised immune system.
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/1/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that is my concern, when he starts remicade it suppresses the immune system so that at
his age he is really increases chances of getting shingles. If he gets the vaccine before he will have
to wait 6-8 wks before it comes in then another 2-3 months before starting remicade, this
is 4-5 months from now and he is in so much pain now he needs to try something.
I do understand remicade is 50/50 chance it will work.
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