A lot of people in here have had good results with Remicade. My GI doctor was pushing it for about two years now. When I worked in a hospital lab back in the 60's (I'm an old lady), I was exposed to the TB virus. I did a LOT of reading about Remicade and the side effects. I KNOW it can cause the TB virus to activate and it really could be fatal for me. That is only my case. Funny thing is....my GI's associate took care of me while I was hospitalized and said..."Absolutely, Remicade is NOT for me." So there you have it. I still go to my original GI doctor only because I caused quite a stir in his office when I asked to be seen by his associate. However, I had a good long discussion with him and he knows not to even bring up the subject of Remicade.
So be well informed about everything. It is your life, and you only get one chance around.
One more thing....what makes your GI doctor think you are steroid dependent? Did you try 6MP yet? 20 mgm of prednisone is not that high of a dose. My GI doctor put me on 40 mgm of prednisone the end of September for one week, then taper to 30 mgm the following week, 20 mgm the third week and then tapered by 5 mgm every week thereafter. This along with the 6MP, Colazal, Cort enemas and Canasa did the trick. It took a long time though. But it did it without the Remicade! Good luck. By the way....I love Memphis and I LOVE ELVIS!!!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.