I just had my third infusion five days ago, this one isn't "kicking in" as quick as the other two did, but I have some major stress issues going on right now that can be playing a part. I am still bleeding but it's eased up considerably and I am not feeling as bad as I had been prior to the infusion.
I tolerate the infusions well and haven't had any side effects. It takes 2 to 3 hours, you sit in a nice comfy reclining chair, my infusion clinic has cheerful staff, a TV and iPods on request. I just bring a book and I fell asleep the last time.
My insurance covers it 100%, no copays even.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade: 1st infusion 7/21/07; 2nd infusion 8/18/07; 3rd infusion 10/13/07
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, holding taper at alternating 5/0 mg; Xanax; Lexipro,
Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day;
[2/22/07 started Imuran, off within two weeks due to bad reaction]