I have seen a variety of responses to this question. My doctor said 6 week is the correct interval. I get good relief and would like a shorter interval than 6 weeks. Is there a medical reason for the 6 weeks or is that regulated by insurance?
Hey there. My rheumatologist started me out with 8 week intervals-after the loading doses-then eventually down to 5 weeks as the longer intervals didn't give me enough relief. (I am no longer on Remicade, and methotrexate, as for the amount of risk, I wasn't getting much relief of symptoms. I am currently on Embrel, and methotrexate, and feel better than I have in years.) I would guess the time between infusions depends upon how well the therapy is working for you. If you are doing well on 6 week intervals I would stay there. Your Dr. has to balance symptom relief with the possibility of some very nasty side effects, some that can be fatal. Good luck and health to you. Lady of Howard
My 25 yr old daughter was diagnosed with crohns last November. They started out with steroids and it didn't help. So she had 4 rounds of remicade 8 werks apart and they said it wss because of insurance that they couldn't do infusions closer together. They did a routine colonoscopy to see how she's doing after the 4 rounds . The Dr came in after and said she was in "deep" remission and that he would still keep her on remicade for awhile. She still has pain and he said it isn't her colon so she should find another reason for the pain but he can't help her because it's not her colon. A few weeks later he sent her a letter and told her that she needs to taper off pain meds and he is stopping the remicade infusions all together. She has terrible anxiety now that her crohns will come back and the pain will be worse if she ends remicade infusions all together. Anybody have similar experience or input?
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