Back on Pred. Anyone unable to take Imuran or Remicade, and why?

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Back on 40mg pred today after meeting w/ GI. Because of a recent pituitary tumor my GI is hesitant to put me on Remicade or Immuran. He is looking into it further, because this sine wave of flare, feeling good, flare, feeling good, etc cant be treated w/ prednisone every time....too harsh on the body i guess....he would like to see alternative treatment such as Remicade or Immuran however so far it has not been recommended I take them because of the tumor.

Anyone else unable to take Remmicade or Immuran for any particular reason?
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"

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   Posted 12/16/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
the Imuran does not work for me and I am on cellcept and can't be on that and remicade. The cellcept is an immune supressor and so not sure if it would be an option for you.

I hate pred! Have been on it for almost a year and a half, I feel your pain!
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Can't take anything b/c I am on Cellcept for my kidneys (can possibly help UC) Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07. Close to remission since 9/08.
Cellcept 500mg 2xday, Prednisone 10mg 1xday, Lipitor 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs (sulfasalazine, asacol).  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Remicade doesn't work for me... I am now on pred back up to 30 mg and on 6MP 50 mg. Has he discussed 6MP?

Good luck
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Flagyl

10 infusions of Remicade- doesn't work
Severely anemic-

back up to 30 mg of pred
Added 6MP- November 25th
Surgery almost certain

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
     I cannot take Remicade because I tested positive on the skin test for TB.  I worked in a lab years ago and must have been in contact with patients with TB.  I had a chest xray and all is well and I am not a carrier, but the disease lies dormant in my system and the Remicade can activate it.  Prednisone works for me but this past year I was on it way too long for a stubborn flare and with my osteoporsis...well, it really did a number on me.  My back hurts if I stand for long periods of time and now my hips are starting to bother me and they never did before.
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/ 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.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't take Remicade because my third dose almost put me into anaphalactic shock and my UC was going backwards instead of forward.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

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