Remicade and Pregnancy. . .Please Help!!!!!

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/24/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC about four years ago.  I tried everything from oral medications to enemas/supositories to research studies and nothing worked.  At the beginning of this year i started Remicade infusions and it is finally starting to help, however i have to have both a very high dosage and i get the infusion every 6 weeks.  I also take oral medications daily. 
A year ago I got married to the most wonderful man in the world, we recently bought our first house and now we want to have children.  My GI doctor is very nervous about me getting pregant while on Remicade and receiveing Remicade infusions during pregnacy. 
Does any one have any advise????  Should we wait until I can come off of Remicade????  Any help or resources would be great!!!!
Thanks to all.

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I really don't know about this, but I think that you should wait a while till you come off Remicade, Remicade is a powerful drug. Maybe someone with experience can help you out better than me =) Congratulations on the new house.
Peter, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowassa nightly, 1MG Folic Acid, 40 MG Prednisone, Remicade, New ChapterĀ® Multivitamin, New ChapterĀ® All-Flora Probiotics, Dolomite Calcium Supplement
Status: Flare!!!!!!!!

tooth fairy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My advise would be to find a good MFM (maternal & fetal medicine) doctor to consult with about pregnancy while on Remi. These are also known as "high-risk" OB-GYN's and have been a wealth of help for me personally (I'm on imuran and trying to conceive).
Erica, 31
Pancolitis, diagnosed July 2006, at age 29
Imuran, Asacol, Rowasa*(new!)
Experimenting with diet, live culture yogurt and probiotics

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 11/25/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI told me that it would be ok to get/be pregnant while on remicade. I would agree with tooth fairy though and talk to a high risk OB about it.

31 year old female diagnosed with UC (entire colon) Feb 2008
(4) 400mg Asacol 3x a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 8 weeks
Omega 3 supp, calcium supp, VSL 3
Prednisone 16mg (tapering 2mg every week)

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 11/25/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am planning to start trying for kids next year. I am 100% that I will still be on remicade. In fact until something better comes along I will be on remicade.

Both my GI and OB have said that it is safe. The FDA classifies remicade as a class B drug, safe during pregnancy if needed.

As for the rest of my research I have found that there are many, many women who have had healthy babies on remicade and no reported abnormalities with children. What they don't have is a lot of info on long term effects like will your kid have problems at age 30 because of this drug. There is also very little on breastfeeding while on remicade. Most of what I have read says no to it but recently i have seen articles saying it may be ok. very confusing.

hope this helps!
Kelly, 30, suburbs of Chicago, IL

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion

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