Remicade? Good idea?

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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! I am allergic to asacol, lialda, and mp6, and so my doctor wants me to go on remicade and I am kind of weary about it because I don't know a lot about it and if it really works. Do you guys recommend it? Is it dangerous? Anyone have any good or bad stories about it?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
The worst part about it for me is that it lowers your immune system. When I get a cold, it lasts a little longer than normal, but it has done nothing but help me. It took me from a horrible flare where I was on the brink of surgery, to full remission.
Diagnosed '93. 
Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade, Imuran

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It worked GREAT for me.

I caught a bad cold since I started, but it cleared up no problem. In fact, I didn't even get the lingering cough I usually get after a bad cold. Probably just coincidence. But I kept up with decongestant (the good kind, pseudoephedrine) because I didn't want to get a sinus infection.

It may have risks but that doesn't mean you'll have any problem. The risks are worth it for me, this disease isn't easy on your body either.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It put me in remission immediately but I had a serious reaction to the 2nd infusion. I had been in the hospital twice before I tried it so it made a huge difference for me. I was very nervous/anxious about the side effects, but I was desperate after being hospitalized twice with UC.
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. Hospitalized 2nd time for same flare 4/17 - 4/22

Current Meds: Apriso 4/day, starting 6MP

Discontinued: Prednisone, Remicade (bad reaction to second Remicade infusion)

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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
It has saved my daughter's colon. Good for us for now. Yes, it has many dangers, but the upside is also quite good. "We takes our chances."...The Flares were life altering too.
Nothing else worked enough to be reasonable. The Pred. was so awful. She had every bad symptom, including suicidal thoughts. Cannot do again. Some have had luck with food and natural anti-inflammatory foods. We did not have a break even with the big guns until Remicade, I hope it works for a long long time.
Daughter,15 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC .
Previous drug sampling: Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednisone- 50mg to 0, 4 major flares '08.Hospital four x. Low residue diet,
6MP, Colazal , Cortifoam enemas,
Trying probiotics, Niferex, fish oil, Magnesium, Acupuncture.
Remicade 10mg per kilo@ 8wks, since 10-08. Still on 6mp and Colazal

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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Remicade is a VERY good idea. I was nervous at first too, but I've been on it almost two years now and I was on the brink of surgery. My last colonoscopy in October showed all but the last few centimeters of my colon healed and looking good. The downside is I have infusions every six weeks instead of eight, and now I am having a very rough time as I get into my fifth week. REALLY looking forward to Saturday's infusion, I'll feel 100% better by the next day, I'll be almost symptom free until about 4-5 weeks after the infusion (my mornings can still be a little rough, I feel queasy the first hour or so of my day and can have urgent trips to the bathroom, but once it calms down, around an hour to 90 minutes after I get up and about I'm great for the day.

At some point I'll likely have the surgery as I don't want to be on all these super pricey meds the rest of my life, not to mention I don't like the idea of being on such strong meds indefinitely, but I figure the longer I can postpone the surgery the better.

Give it a try if your GI concurs. Bring plenty of things to keep yourself occupied during the infusion, the first ones can take up to four hours, but after two years I am in and out in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I listen to podcasts, read, work on my needlepoint projects ... I always bring a breakfast with me as I go early in the morning and the hospital's breakfast is really gross.

It doesn't hurt.

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!!

15 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 4/25/09; 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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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to make this very clear. For most the benefits of remicade are very short lived. It worked like a charm for me for the first three infusions and then even after doubling my dose it all of a sudden provided no benefit.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Each person is different, but Remicade has put me into remission. It took 4-5 infusions and the right combo of rectal meds, but it was worth it. I do sometimes worry about whether or not there will be long-term side effects of Remicade, but I'm willing to take the risk since I'd rather not flare or have surgery.
Female, Age 20
Remicade, Colazal, VSL #3 DS, Forvia, Vitamin D, Calcium, Prozac, Turmeric

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