A tuberculosis skin test and chest xray are often given before starting remicade, just to make sure you don't have tb.
You are often premedicade with an antihistamine (benadryl or claritin) and Tylenol about
half an hour before your remicade infusion (helps reduce odds of an infusion headache). Remicade is mixed and added to an IV bag. Your IV is already set, I am sure they'll use that one. A nurse monitors your temperature and blood pressure, and controls the rate in which you receive remicade. It's a 2-3 hour process. Some report being sleepy during or after the infusion.
Remicade pulled me out of a yearlong flare and dependency on prednisone, and has given me the only remission I've had with uc. It took until a week after the second remi infusion before I noticed any improvements, and bigger improvements a week after the third infusion, steady improvements thereafter until I achieved remission after a full year of remi. Some report it working faster than it did for me. At the beginning, the first 3 infusions are known as "loading doses" which are all about
getting remi up to a therapeutic level. I started at 5mg/kg dose, but they might double your dose to 10mgs/kg given your predicament/symptoms, I'd ask as it may work faster.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
M, 37, uc (proctosigmoiditis) in remission
Rx: Remicade 5mg per kg/8 weeks, 75mg 6MP, weekly Rowasa
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
You know you have uc if ... you trust a fart less than a used carsalesman
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