I've been on the Simponi co-pay assistance program since starting injections in July 2016. I was in a somewhat similar situation, getting out of a short hospital stint for IV steroids, and eventually tapering off 50-60mg prednisone (ugh).
If your insurance approves it, the co-pay assistance is a godsend, and it works like RemiStart. I met my deductible + max out of pocket for the year ($3500) in January for $10!!! While I certainly hope I don't require lots of medical attention this year, it doesn't hurt that I won't be paying for it.
You may have noticed there aren't many Simponi users on here. I found one thread when a UC'er found success with Simponi after 6-9 months. Slow and steady. That's what my GI predicted for me, and that is when I found relief. It was by no means immediate.
However I've had one minor flare on Simponi, reigned in by daily Rowasas, and unfortunately/sadly, I'm in the beginning of what seems to be a b*tch of a flare. I've been moving my injection up a few days in an effort to quell the storm a-brewin' in my colon, and my GI is planning to check my levels and re-evaluate in a few weeks. Hopefully I can hold out that long, or patch together a self-rescue with SCD. If not, alternate Simponi dosage, Entyvio or Remicade are likely in my future.
Good luck—I hope it works for you, and I hope you get the green light for the $5 program!!
Post Edited (LadyEllJay) : 4/29/2017 3:56:27 PM (GMT-6)