Remicade - Acne

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   Posted 8/23/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone else using Remicade have acne breakouts?

I've never had more that 1-2 pimples at a time. I started Remi back in March ( every 6 weeks), andd while some time back I started to notice small (not very noticable), although acne on my head, now my back and shoulders seems to have seriously broken out. It's looking pretty angry.

Wondering if I should see the doctor for acne medication or just deal with it. Suggestions?

Though it might be prednisone, but I've been off it for about 2 weeks now.

Diagnosed U.Proctitis 07

Flare Feb 09 - Diagnosed with Severe Pancolitis
Remicade, 50mg Prednisone, Cortenema PM, 1g 5 ASA suppository AM

Post Edited (Jratt) : 8/23/2009 8:50:22 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I vote for the Pred. as the culprit. It wrecked my daughters face for awhile. The Dermatologist tried everything. She had chemical peels, Micro derm abrasions, took Differin, retinols, and Clindimin(Bad spelling, but it is a foam antibiotic topical). Eventually, the skin surface improved.
It was not affected by the Remicade in our case.
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 8/24/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd also say it's the Pred. I've had no problems whatsoever with my skin while on Remicade. The pred acne is notoriously resistant to the treatments used for normal acne. Since you're off the Pred, it should start to get better soon.
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   Posted 8/24/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It's taken my sking months to clear up since getting off the prednisone. I'm using a sulfatol cleanser and retinol from the dermatologist to assist.  I developed cystic type acne while on prednisone and had never had much in the way of acne issues prior.  Haven't tried Remicade.
Diagnosed with severe pancolitis in October 2009 - still in active flare
Meds - resistant to prednisone (flare returns everytime I taper to 20mg or less)
           Asacol (3tabs 3x/day)
           Azathioprine (100mg)
           Geodon (40mg)
           Iron supplement
Started Specific Carbohydrate diet on Aug. 4, 2009
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