Continuing the Remicade

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   Posted 12/12/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to give the Remi another shot. My GI was hesitant, but I was insistent. The first two doses worked wonders, while the third, not so much. I am not ready to give it up yet since the next thing is to consider surgery and I REALLY don't to do that. I've read on the Forums that some people take five or more treatments before it kicks in fully. I am upset that my GI didn't follow the 2 wk, 4 wk, 8 wk front loading, he started me at every 8 wks, although when symptoms recurred earlier he let me go in earlier. He says now that it's beyond the time to start the more frequent dosing. Which is not what I am reading here and the nurses at the infusion clinic tell me some people get larger doses and/or more frequent doses. For the most part my GI is FANTASTIC so I really don't want to have to go through switching doctors again (my first GI was beyond useless).

So for the moment I am feeling okay-ish. After a couple of months where I was barely functioning it feels good to not be so flat out exhausted, the headaches have gone away, I can eat again without feeling sick. Still visiting the bathroom way too much. I'm back up to 40 mg of Prednisone unfortunately and am partway through my series of iron injections (Venofer), which is helping I am sure. I go in this Sunday for my 4th Remicade. I usually go Saturday while hubby is at work. He wants to hang with me while I get the infusion, we'll read the Sunday paper and bring in some bagels.

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, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day;

[2/22/07 started Imuran, off within two weeks due to bad reaction]

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   Posted 12/12/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on Sunday Meesh! I hope you're feeling better for the holiday :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck! Hope it works for you!
Current Meds

Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
Omega-3 once daily
Tenth Remicade infusion Early December

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   Posted 12/13/2007 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I took it about a year till I felt a lot better.  I may have given sooner up but 3 months after the infusion, I had seen such an awesome change in my ulcer.  I still had flares but the ulcer was healing so I kept up.  Now I am at a double dose and may be developing antibodies against it.  I felt the maximum effect after about a year, maybe a little more, and I was on the regular dose.  I don't understand why you didn't get it at 2, 4 and 8 weeks. 

Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007:Increased Remicade dosage-660mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica

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   Posted 12/13/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
even my GI was going to start me at 2, 4 & 8 weeks.........I am hoping my next GI is the charm! Get a second opinion, advice I need to take myself. Someone else on here is getting remicade infusions every 6 weeks.

I'm not on the remicade miraculously the hydrocortisone e's ended up helping me and I am almost in remission.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 12/13/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck! Keep us posted.
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
Colazal (9 a day)
Folic Acid
Remicade remission

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   Posted 12/16/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, had a lovely morning getting my iron injection and Remicade at the Infusion Clinic. Hubby came with me this time, which he's never done before as I usually go on a Saturday when he works, but they had no openings yesterday. We had coffee and bagels and read the papers and I SOOOOOOO hope this one works as good as the first two infusions did for me. I want sooooooo bad to get off this freaking Prednisone already!! I'll keep ya'll posted as to how I feel. Although I must say, with this, my third iron injection, I do feel a lot better energy-wise at least.
This is my last week of work before about a week and half off, and I am hoping to use that time to ease myself back into my gym routine. My dog grooming clients are loving me and showering me with hefty tips and gifts and I am really enjoying that for sure! Hard to be a Scrooge when you get to be on the receiving end of this holiday cheer. After nearly two decades of being in a corporate "cube farm" I kinda like being in the service field -- at least as a business owner. Don't know if I'd like working for someone doing this ;-) But I do ramble and digress.

Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97;
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran( 2/07)

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   Posted 12/16/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes for the Remicade to resume working for you. Happy holidays, too. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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