I'm guessing that some of the other biologicals are not approved in England either, such as Simponi or Humira? If they are approved, they can be an option to Remicade. I know the drugs your doctor is suggesting are all in the "scary" drug category. Only thing I can offer with that is you need to assess how bad your flare is. I didn't want to go on Prednisone when I needed to and I landed up in the hospital almost having my colon removed. The lesson I learned is that this disease is very vicious and it does me no good to be stubborn and refuse the nasty drugs. Granted my flare was very, very bad. You may have to go stronger to get things in control. I would try the least of the worst first depending on how bad your flare is of course.
My friend with Crohns is on Humira, but don't think it's common here for UC. I have never heard of anyone in England on Simponi, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been used. What I'd REALLY like is to try Entyvio from what I've read on here, but this hasn't been presented as an option.
You're definitely right; there's no point being stubborn if you need the drugs. But I just can't tell how bad my flare is... going between 6-8 times a day, bleeding, mucus, exhaustion... but I'm still able to have a life... I can't tell.
Moderate pancolitis since May 2013.
Intolerant to mesalazine (tried enemas, suppositories and tablets).
Been on oral prednisolone twice, and steroid enemas once.
Saw no significant improvement with probiotics or fish oil tablets.
Currently on 100mg Azathioprine since January 2014, and 600mg Ferrous Sulphate.