Guys! The FDA just approved a new biologic for IBD patients!
It’s gut-specific, meaning it has lower risks of infection from immunosuppression compared with the other anti-TNF drugs (Humira, Cimzia, Remicade). It also has helped people go into remission without corticosteroids, which those of you who’ve been following me know has been a problem for me.
I don’t know how soon it’ll actually be available, or how soon insurance companies will add it to their formularies, but I’m going to ask about it at my next appointment. What we’re doing now obviously isn’t working. Things have gotten a bit better since I went back on the steroids, but I’m still bleeding, still having fairly high pain levels, still going 6-8 times a day, still leaking, still greatly lacking in energy.
I’m probably a huge nerd for getting all excited about a new drug, but…it makes me feel more hopeful that something will work for me.