I have had Crohn's disease for 8 years now. I started on Remicade at Mayo Clininc and did very well with this drug for almost 4 years. I was in remission for almost 3 years with the Remicade. When the Remicade became less effect I was switched to Cimzia shots every 2 weeks. I am also taking Entocort along with the Cimzia. I have tried every oral medication for Crohns and Ulcerative colitis with little sucess. I was wondering if anyone has stopped Remicade and switched to a different medication and then switched back to Remicade if it was more sucessful the second time around?
It would probably work. When you experienced the loss of effectiveness when it came to the Remicade it was do to the fact that you became tolerant. Once you get off this medication (Depending on the time. It sometimes takes years) your body will start to change the way it processes the drug. When you stop taking that drug (depending on the drug) for years and then start taking it again some people have success. It all depends on the drug. I'm not sure about the Remicade but I would definitely give it a try. It wouldn't hurt. You could also try a different Crohn's Disease drug such as Adalimumab or even Infliximab which treats severe Crohns Disease. I hope this helps. If I were you I would try taking the Remicade again. It's possible that it could fail, in that case I would try the latter drugs. I sure hope this helps! Happy Holidays!
- Remicade Information for Consumers
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