I've been on remicade for two years and I haven't experienced a side effect. They're extremely small odds of getting side effects from biologics. Risks versus benefits are an important discussion to have with your doctor before starting a new treatment. The odds of humira improving your uc symptoms are 60+ percent. The most concerning side effect of these medications is lymphoma which has odds of 6 in 10,000 (or 0.06 percent assuming biologic + immunomodulators) compared to 2 in 10,000 ( or 0.02 percent) for the general population. Of those who get it, 66 percent are able to put it into remission. The potential benefits far outweigh the risks. To put the biologic risk into perspective. We have 1 in 5 odds of death due to heart troubles. There's a 1 in 133 odds of death due to an automobile accident in the usa, yet we don't hesitate to get in our car each day. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is the source for these statistics:
Increased risk of infectious refers to the type of infections that ordinarily require antibiotics to treat. Stuff like bronchitis, sinus, UTI. Regular cuts and bruises are no worry at all. If you're prone to infections requiring antibiotics or suspect you have one, then seek your general practitioner doctor early rather than try and wait it out. Your immune system is a little weaker, the onset of symptoms will be stronger and quicker. If you ignore it, and don't seek treatment then it can become a serious infection requiring hospitalization (like sepsis). Often they can be treated.
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John, 38, UC in histological remission
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/8wksYou can't spell sUCks without UC.
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