jblue there are a few other drugs I did not see listed, cellcept, humira and cimizia.
The chance that cellcept would help is 25%. Humira is not FDA approved for colitis yet.........my GI did not see humira as an option but when I went for a second opinion the GI there said that he could get me on humira........but then who pays for it. My friends Dad goes to the same office and he is on humira and his insurance pays for it (he has uc). I think many Dr's do not think they can get it approved for their patients, worth a try. Also the GI I went to for the 2nd brought up cimzia, I do not know much about
it but find a Doc to go to for a second opinion to talk about
these other drugs and the options. I recommned the Chrons and Colitis center in Boston, MA.
I would definitely go for a 2nd to discuss these options before making the surgery decision. That way you know all your options.
Beth, 32 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
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, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!