It took until the 6th or 7th infusion for me to start feeling significantly better. I have been on Remicade about
5 years now and things are going well. After about
3 years I began to experience a reaction about
1 hour into the infusion, so the nurse stops it at about
48 minutes and administers another injection of benedryl, waits 5 minutes and then we proceed with the rest of the infusion uneventfully. I am tired that same day and for the next couple of days. I also get 200 mg. of Venofer after each infusion.
As I said, everything was doing well but it wasn't until I began my gluten free diet that things started to improve even more. It is a difficult diet to adhere to but it pays off. I just had a round of blood tests and the GI was very happy with my results. She said she had never seen my results as good. Almost every test was in the normal range. She had originally dismissed my desire to go gluten free because my biopsy was negative. She now told me, I was right to have stuck with it. She even told me I look great. Hey at 60 years old, I never pass up a compliment. I guess Remicade and gluten free is a winning combination for my body.