Yep, I'm doing my first infusion of Remicade right now! My doc was willing to write a letter to BCBS to further pursue Humira, but we knew it was iffy. (you probably know it's not approved yet for treating UC, only crohns). Maybe after paying for Remicade for a while they might see it makes sense...oh, never mind, we're talking about the insurance industry! Anyway, doc says when Humira is approved for UC, which is hopefully in the works, I can switch later no problem. Just can't go off Remicade then go back on it.
I, too, was interested in the convenience...and don't have time for surgery. this will have to do. Fingers crossed that it works.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion).
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade.