I've been on Remicade and in remission for 3 years. My last colonoscopy showed a healed colon with no inflammation. I've had no complications or side effects other than mild tiredness the day after my infusion. I've had surgery while on Remi with no problems. I have no increased infections at all.
Most doctors will discontinue immunosuppressants such as 6-MP when starting Remicade because an increase in the development of lymphomas has been seen in people taking both. While the rate is still low, they don't want to take the chance. You can start Remi while you're still tapering Prednisone.
I can't answer your questions about
Medicare coverage, but your doctor's office should have someone to check on this. If not, talk to both Medicare and any other health insurer you have about
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"