If you are dealing with ulcerative colitis and are being introduced to remicade, the chances are that you have tried quite a few other medications so far. Remicade is a pretty hard core type of colitis treatment. It is one which most doctors won’t even consider unless some of the more conventional medicines like Steroids or Asacol or Lialda are not working well.
The answer about if Remicade works for colitis is yes, no, and sometimes. That’s not the clearest answer, but it is the truth.
There are some patients like myself who have a great positive reaction to Remicade right away. For me, I responded within 24 hours, and I thought my severe colitis was instantly gone forever. But, after about ten days it came back, and my second remicade infusion did not work nearly as well, and the third infusion was as though I was taking a placebo.
But, there are also some other patients who use Remicade and who have a great experience from the medicine for the long term. AND THIS IS GREAT.
Also, there are even other patients who use the medicine and it does nothing positive for them right away.
Bottomline, this is a hardcore medication that affects the immune system. It is given by infusion, and is very expensive. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t . The usual response time to the medication if its going to work is within about a week. Some people like myself show positive responses much quicker.