Carol...24 infusions of Remicade???

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   Posted 8/21/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Holy cow many infusions of Remicade you need to get into remission?  My GI doctor has been pushing Remicade for a year now, but I want no parts of it.  He said it is safer than prednisone but I was exposed to the TB virus in the 50's and read where it can activiate TB and cause really bad results.  His associate even had a patient die on him after the first their first infusion...scary. smhair

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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Remicade can also be used as a maintenance medication. Most people see results by their fifth infusion - some after their first.

I had to have the skin TB test and a chest x-ray before I could get my first infusion.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I thank goodness for Remicade everyday. It keeps me in total remission, and I feel well about 95% of the time and am able to carry on a normal and busy lifestyle (whatever normal is!) And Dawn is correct; I use it as a maintenance medication. And I'm still alive and kickin'....


Remicade - will have my 24th infusion on October 2
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics
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Post Edited (Loneylane) : 8/25/2008 3:10:59 PM (GMT-6)

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