I take both a biologic & Imuran- I started the Imuran first, then added Remicade about
3-4 months into things. My GI thought that the Imuran would help prevent antibodies to the Remicade from forming, which is I guess why they put people on both types of drugs. So far so good- while I wouldn't consider myself to be in remission, I'm better than I have been- able to work, go on trips, lead a normal life. Prior to these 2 drugs I was literally chained to my house, unable to go more thatn 30 minutes (on a good day) without a dash to the bathroom. I get labs done every 6 weeks & they all have been looking pretty good. I know the lymphoma risk, but it's quite rare & after long-term use of the 2 drugs together. Not sure what's considered long-term use though, as I've been on the 2 for over 2 years now. If I had to choose one over the other I'd stick with Imuran & drop Remicade, simply becasue Imuran is easier & cheaper to take. I also think it is doing more for me on a day-to-day basis than the Remicade, but I'm loathe to quit Remicade entirely- it's helping somewhat still! My last scope, about
a year ago, showed active inflammation still, about
10 inches. I'll probable be getting another scope within the next 6 months or so, & I'm curious to see if things have improved or stayed the same. Or god forbid, gotten worse!
diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07