Well, I was already on Remicade through my other GI when I saw Dr. Shen. He said that he only likes to keep patients on Remicade for a year, and then try to wean them off on 5ASAs; if that doesn't work, then he'll suggest surgery. He also said many people have problems with pouchitis after surgery, so he recommended trying the above in order to keep my colon. So, it seems like he's okay with short-term Remicade use.
Wasn't Remicade approved for UC just 3 years ago? Maybe he felt like he hadn't seen enough trials or reports on Remi?
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP, 1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort