The side-effects seem scary, and scared me to death, but they are fairly rare. I have been on Remicade for more than two years and for the last year every six weeks. I have had no ill effects at all, the infusions aren't at all unpleasant, but do be prepared for a few hours in the chair getting the infusion. Have him bring a book, crossword puzzle, mp3 player, what he likes to keep busy with.
The Remicade healed up my colon very well, but I cannot seem to clear the last few centimeters of inflammation in my rectum, which causing me to experience some symptoms, especially once I get into my fourth or fifth week from my last infusion. But it gained me some time, during which I mentally prepared to face the j-pouch surgery, which I am going for this winter. The Remicade will help keep my symptoms manageable until I am ready for surgery.
I would say to go for it, it has helped quite a lot of people on the board here. Most bad effects happen pretty immediately and he'll be in a hospital setting during the infusions, so if anything should go wrong, he's in the right place.
I was a Nervous Nelly for my first infusion and dragged my daughter, then !7, along to keep me company. Big mistake, the infusion clinic isn't really set up for a guest and while I had a nice big comfy chair she was stuck on a hard little stool for more than three hours. She was very good-natured about it, but it was such a non-event compared to all the disaster scenarios I had cooked up for myself I really wished I had just gone on my own.
Hope it works for him!!
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Achieved almost-remission mid October 2008 (rectum still inflamed). Having surgery in January 2010.
17 Remicade infusions (6 weeks sched: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 7/18/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; 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; Roweasa; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro; Xanax