Has anyone been put on infliximab?

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hi guys

I am currently just home from a 6 night stint in hospital. Having a very bad UC flare at the minute. Had a load of tests and bloods and poked and proded for days.

The consultant is starting me on Infliximab after I finish an 8 week course of prednisone.

Do you have any advice? Has it helped any of you?

I am currently exhausted but feeling positive that this may help.

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    Hi Laura.

    I'm due to have my 5th Infliximab infusion tomorrow. I've been diagnosed with Crohns.

    I'd say the first infusion gave me a really good boost and each one has given me a good boost since, just not as good as the first, but I was in a bad way back then.

    About 6-7 weeks after an infliximab dose I'll start to feel like I need the next one ( they're done once every 8 weeks).

    I'm also on Azathioprine, which is keeping me under control at the moment.

    At the start of Infliximab they do it on day 1, day 8, day 22, day 36 and then once every 8 weeks.

    I wish you luck, I'll be sat for 2 hours on the drip tomorrow.


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      Thank you Jamie. Best of luck for tomorrow.

      I am currently on Azathioprine been on it 2 years now. They did tell me I would have to continue taking that also, but could possibly come off it down the line. Did they tell you the same?

      Do you feel sick afterwards? Could you go back to work after it?

      Thanks for your help 😁

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      Thanks Laura.

      I always take the day off work. I feel tired after it, I dont think it's a side effect more I've been lying still for a couple of hours. Other than feeling a bit tired, I feel fine.

      I probably could go back to work, but just choose not to.

      I've not been told I can come off it, but its constantly under review. My doctor was awesome, unfortunately he's just moved back to Ireland, which is a bit of a trek from Bedfordshire.

      Hope this helps.


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    no but i have been told i would be the only treatment i could have if my current medication was to fail i have done lots of research on it and it dose have risk as do all but the success rate is very good for the type of drug I've heard it can make you feel ill and even prone to flu and colds more often as it is a immune system suppressant but with a good diet can be very good as a cause of treatment i would recommend speaking to you doctor and IBD team ask and questions you can think of let them know your worries do research but remember everyone responds different to the illness and treatment what works for you might not work for others hope this helps

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      I have done loads of research from I've been in and spoke to the IBD nurses who administer it.

      Just want to hear from someone who actually has had it or receives it to see how they feel and stuff. Thanks so much for your reply.

      I hope your current medications works and you get some relief.

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    It seems like protocols have changed quite a bit over the years.

    I showed up at the University of Chicago hospital 15 years ago literally dripping blood on the floor.

    UC diagnosis.

    One week later I was back home on the mend.

    Why? Top doctor - very top.

    Cyclosporin, direct Pic line of same, Asacol (now Delzicol) - in remission ever since.

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    Hi laura27471 - I was given an infusion of Infliximab as a last resort but it didn't work. Subsequently I had my colon removed which has been a life saver and revelation. My life's back to normal without relying on drugs. Hope it works for you, good luck.

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