Remicade = quitting all other meds?

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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my first transfusion of remicade the other day and my doctor said not to take the Colazol or emenas anymore.
I am still on the prednisone until I can taper it off - a week at a time.

Is this normal to have to quit the other meds?
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09.

Current Meds: Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 40mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor kept me on Lialda daily along with the Remicade infusions. He did taper me off prednisone though.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(

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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
i had to stay on my other meds, my dr told me that you will do better on remicade if you keep on something like 6-mp or immuran.
Although i think the goal is that once the remi starts working you get off the other meds, but i never got that far

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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually...I weaned off of all other meds when I started Remi except for Athzithropine (Imuran) but the doc took me off of that about 2 years ago. I'm med free...except for the Remi.


Remicade - will have my 27th infusion on March 19 Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor took me off Azathioprine also, but I still take Colazal. My doctor wants me to continue it twice a day for additional anti-inflammatory action and protection against cancer.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"

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   Posted 4/24/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I still take my Lialda and Canasa. When it gets close to my infusion time I sometimes start to bleed again, then I switch from Canasa to Rowesa for a couple of nights.

I've heard that being on Imuran or 6MP while taking Remicade or Humira increases lymphoma risks.
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!

14 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 3/14/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Meesh said...
I've heard that being on Imuran or 6MP while taking Remicade or Humira increases lymphoma risks.

I'd really like to stop the aza for that reason. It never did anything for me anyway.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed

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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on 6mp and I think asacol. Whatever I was taking my GI kept me on asacol in case of remission.
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006- THREE YEARS!! YAY!!!!
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon

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