"Why did you stop the 6mp?"
My gastroenterologist said it's best to start remicade while on 6mp, however, it isn't necessary to remain on both indefinitely. I had pulled up some stuff late last year claining the same. He cited longterm melanoma risk, etc. Ge said if it isn't necessary to sustain remission then why take them both? It was a risk, but I took it. Ceased 6mp Jan 2016 and my symptoms have remained consistent.
His notes said to bring it up again in 6 months, this appointment. I haven't had any bloodwork since November 2015. I bet he'll order some.
I am the same. I was on 6MP and Remicade for a year and which point on the basis of my bloods and stolls samples they decided to take me off the 6MP. That was about
3 months ago and things are still good. I got a letter from the hospital the other week saying I am in remission and my faecal calprotectin was 40. Of course the letter did not tell me what that means so I looked it up online and apparently if they were checking for suspected IBD in a patient and the result came back as 40 then they would rule it out so its a great place to be.
So basically I was in a good place when they took me off it and now symptoms have actually improved even more since.
With regard to the 2.5 mg Remicade question - is that normal if someone is respond very well to treatment? I always though they kept the same dose but increase the time between infusions.