Welcome to HealingWell. I'm also on Remicade for nearly three years and in complete remission for almost as long. I've gone so long without taking steroids, I can't even remember all the particulars of them. The bad side effects I definitely remember, though.
I find my infusion times very relaxing; sometimes I actually nap during the infusion. As KTM said, be sure you're well hydrated, and take something to amuse yourself with. I think everyone is apprehensive the first time, but if it works well for you, you'll soon feel much better about
the whole process.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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