I have been on Remicade for just over a year to treat an undiagnosed disease related to my colon, Probably Crohns Disease vs. Behcet's Disease. In any event, I've had 2 colon resections in the past year. With the start of Remicade and totally changing my diet to a Paleo/ Primal lifestyle, I have come off of Prednisone (none since last July 2012, and Imuran, none since Feb. 2013).No flares of any kind. I am wanting to stop the Remicade, but my GI doc says that if I have flares after stopping the Remicade, I can't start it back due to the body building up antibodies against it, ie, it won't work for me anymore. He says I will have to go to a lesser drug. Is Humira less potent? What about Embrel?
Dear sasha - I have Crohns Disease and took Remicade for over a year with great results. NO remission, but much less symptoms. After about a year, the Remicade just stopped working. I am now on Humira, the injectible pen I use at home once a week. I am getting similiar results from it that I got from Remicade. They are both in same class, anti inflammatories. I too, have had several bowel resections, but have NEVER in 28+ years been able to come off Prednisone. Lucky you. It is only my opinion, but, if Remicade has allowed you to stop steroids, AND attain remission, why in the world would you want to stop it?? This is just me, but, if Remicade did all that for me, I would BEG to stay on it. Just food for thought... Be well as can be...
I have behcets disease and have been on remicade which i had servere side effects im now on simponi which has worked so well for my joints and ulcerative colitis ,remicade ,humira,enbrel,simponi are all part of a group of tnf inhibitors , some are less potent meaning u need it weekly rather than monthly but it doesnt mean there less efficent , like all drugs u might react better to some so if remicade works for u i would stick with it , most people with auto immune diseases usually have to stay on the immune suppresent drugs for the rest of their lives , when u stop the treatment u can go back to square one , i hope all goes well , u know ur body best ,u need to do what u think is right but like i always do try not to make ur desions emotionally use ur wise mind .takecare
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