One of the most common questions I receive from IBD patients is how long does it take for Entyvio to work? And, really, it depends on the person and their disease. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, but I’m more than happy to share my experience with Entyvio and ulcerative colitis.
I started Entyvio after I failed Remicade. Actually, it never really worked for me. I went to the hospital every 8 weeks for Remicade infusions for about over a year with little improvement. My symptoms were better, but I was never in remission. Then, it completely stopped working, and I started to get swollen lymph nodes on my head and neck, so it was time to try Entyvio.
After the initial loading doses of Entyvio, I saw an improvement in my symptoms. Prior to that, I was using the bathroom 8-10 times a day, experiencing all sorts of cramping and seeing blood every time. After the loading doses of Entyvio, the frequency dropped to 3-4 times per day with less cramping and blood. I wasn’t 100%, but I was definitely better overall.
Entyvio can take up to 6 months or more to fully work. It just depends on how your body reacts and how bad your disease is at the time. While I was waiting for Entyvio to kick in and do its magic, my doctor prescribed me Uceris. Unfortunately, Uceris didn’t do anything for my symptoms, but I just continued to take it and hoped that Entyvio would work.
Slowly, but surely, I started to see my symptoms disappear. For me, it took about 5 months before I experienced (*knock on wood*) remission with Entyvio. That was 3.5 years ago, and I’m still doing well on Entyvio, going every 8-9 weeks for an infusion.
I know everyone is different, but if you’re just starting on Entyvio, please keep the faith that it will work for you. It’s worth the wait!
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