Ulcerative Colitis... Infliximab - stomach pain?

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I had my first infusion last Thursday for Infliximab (Remicade) and felt great until Monday when I experienced a dull constant stomach pain around my belly button. Has anyone experienced this? I'm also taking steroids (Prednisone/Prednisolone) and the doctors never prescribed me Omeprazole (which is like a stomach protector). Could this be the reason? I know steroids can affect your stomach and along with the pain, I have horrible heartburn, acid reflux and even vomited last night. 

Any advice would be much appreciated. I finally got my prescription for Omeprazole and just took my first tablet today so hopefully this helps.

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    Steroids increase the acidity of the stomach acid. Therefore whilst taking them - you do need to be on a PPI. If you run out prescription, you can always buy PPIs in pharmacies - you don't need a prescription.

    Good luck with Remicade. smile

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      Thank you for your message. I was given IV steroids then oral steroids while in hospital but they never gave me omeprazole when I switched to oral and never gave me any to take away. Luckily I had them on repeat prescription, but I didn't realise you could get them over the counter! 

      I'm hoping omeprazole helps because it's the worst feeling- almost like a hangover! Don't want to move/drink or eat in case it affects my stomach.

      I just had my first infusion last week, I've to get my next one next week, then 4 weeks after, then it's every 2 months. Have you tried Remicade? What's subcut?

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      Sorry that's my misunderstanding.

      Remicade can only be given by infusion. Humira can be given subcut (subcutaneous).

      Its very strong - so you should notice a massive improvement in the UC.

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