Entyvio or “Vedolizumab” Reviews – the Integrin Antagonist

(If you’ve taken Entyvio / Vedolizumab, please submit a “review” of your experience via the button at the bottom of this post:)

There has been some recent news breaking the airwaves/internet waves about some clinical study data which you may find impressive.

The name of the medication behind all the hype is Vedolizumab. Whether it’s marketing or not is up to you to decide, but many of the news articles and published studies are describing it as a “new class” or form of medicine. Take for example Colazal or Asacol, or Pentasa, those three medications might have been described by your doctors as being in the “5-ASA” class of drugs.

Then you have other drugs like Humira and Remicade which may have been described as “Biologics”.

Anyways, Vedolizumab is part of the (or starting since I have not heard of any others yet) “Integrin Antagonist” class.

What’s New with Entyvio / Vedolizumab?

Below, please feel free to read as much as you like about this new medication, I’ve included several links to studies from PubMed which go into some nice details about Vedolizumab.

But generally speaking (and I’m sure some immunologists can take this WAY further), this medication is different from some other “immune suppressants” in that it does a much better job of targeting specific parts of the immune system related to the colon and ulcerative colitis symptoms.  If you step back a minute and think of our bodies as a whole…well that’s a huge complex massively complicated group of many different systems working 24/7.  Within our bodies we of course have our immune systems.  And within our immune systems we different sub-systems.  With UC, we often think of the inflammatory response.  So, to simplify the thinking, lets assume that Vedolizumab does a better job at targeting specific parts of the inflammatory response compared to some other medications.  (That is at least a major part of the marketing that Takeda which is a massive drug company is explaining to the FDA in hopes of gaining approval.)

So again, please do some more reading on this medication if you find it interesting.  I’m not big into medications myself, but they are successful for many UC’ers and that’s what this info-share is all about.

Vedolizumab links you may find interesting:
•    My favorite diagram showing how this is different & how the drug works: diagram picture
•    New and emerging treatments for ulcerative colitis: a focus on vedolizumab – PubMed Free article
•    Vedolizumab – Wikipedia link
•    Vedolizumab for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – Free PubMed article

If any of you have first hand experience with a clinical trial and would like to share a “review” of your use of Vedolizumab (assuming you did not receive the placebo…) feel free to add that below.

Takeda has stated that this is the world’s largest clinical trial for IBD EVER…  And, it seems that a major goal of this medication is to come up with another immune suppresant related therapy which hopefully will have less side effects when compared to its peers.  So whether or not your into western medicine, I think we can all agree that’s a nice goal to have.

Best of luck to all of you,

Adam Scheuer

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 67 reviews
by Myk on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

After trying a lot of medication to get my uc under control ,Vedolizumab is the only one that is leaving me symptom free,i have an infusion every 8 weeks and I’m reducing my Azathioprine,hopefully I can come off all my tablet medication

by Jessica on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio and Hair Loss

After a severe flare this spring, I was put on the dual therapy of Xeljanz and Entyvio. I had developed antibodies to Remicade and Humira. I lost a LOT of hair previously with both Remicade and Humira. I was hoping it wouldn't be the case with Entyvio, however, the loading doses caused light hair loss, and the 4th infusion led to significant hair loss. I have probably lost 90% of my hair. I do not recommend Entyvio.

by Ole on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have been on Entyvio since mid 2016 so three years on total. Before this I had unsuccessfully been on Asacol followed by Remicade and with Prednisone when flaring was bad and calprotectine levels high. Entyvio has worked well. I get infusions every 8 weeks and combine it with the SCD diet. I wouldn't say my stools are normal but I get by fine and have no blood in the stool. I have been in remission for about half a year judging by the calprotectine levels measured in the stool. I do not seem to have any side effects from Entyvio. As others have said it did take a while to take effect (if I recall it correctly about 3 months).

by Janice on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I was on remicade and built antibodies unfortunately. I started entyvio 16 MAY and had 2nd does 30 MAY. I hate this drug. Yes, I can tell my insides are doing well but that could have been from the remicade but the side effects of this entyvio are too much for me. I have a tender throat when I breath in or bend over, I have bad muscle weakness and shakiness in legs and arms, my anxiety has worsened, I have started to have bad dreams and dreaming in black and white when most the time I dream in color...that is when I don't have insomnia from this. I feel like I am in a fog but it's the muscle stuff that is really bothering me. I want off this med and see my doc on 24 JUN before my 3rd dose on 27 JUN. I want off all biologics but with remicade I only had some skin issues. This stuff which is supposed to be gut specific is messing with me worse than anything I have ever used. I don't want to do it anymore. Glad others get well and don't have side effects but it's been horrible since the first dose for me.

by mstar123 on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Used it for 8 months... no help...

by Margot Maple on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio works

This coming September(2019) I will have been getting Entyvio infusions for two years. It has kept my symptoms in remission with few exceptions. It takes longer to work than Humira but,Humira stopped working after a year of injections where Entyvio is staying the course. After some experimentation I have eliminated gluten from my diet so that may be a factor as well.

by Dave M on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Vedo.. Life saver for me.

After trying just about everything else and being in a severe flare for 16.months,my consultant put me on this drug. Within two infusions, I was significantly better both from a Ulcerative Colitis and general wellbeing viewpoint, the relief was fantastic. I have to take prednisolone for another autoimmune problem, EPGA, but prednisolone never helped with my UC. I have been on Vedolizumab for 18 months now.
From a gut perspective, I have my life back, a recent flexible Sigmoidoscope showed that I am in remission and I can leave the house without fear. Side effects have been few, I still get tired for around a day after the infusion but that is nothing in comparison to the delights of UC. The length of effectiveness between infusions can and does vary a little, sometimes no issues, other times after about 6.5 to 7 weeks frequency and urgency increases a little but never any blood. I am happy to live with this.
The consultant has no intention of stopping this drug currently, which I am very grateful for, as I am that the NHS granted funding for its use.
For me, Vedo and I'm not overstating this, has been a life saver.

by Rebecca on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I didn't want to take Entyvio but a really bad, long flare led me to taking it. It has worked well so far (2.5 years). I combine it with 4 Lialda/day. I haven't had major side effects, primarily fatigue the day or two after infusion, plus increased anxiety. And it's expensive as all get out.

by Erica on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have been on Entyvio for about two years and it kicked me into remission right away. It’s been working beautifully along with Azathioprine daily. I have little to no symptoms of UC and can eat a fairly regular diet, with a few exceptions.

by Ann Munro on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
A life at last

After over twenty years all of the drugs on the list and many more I was given Vedolizamab two years ago. What a difference. I don't have many side effects and colitis can be forgotten.
I have sore joints especially in the morning but at nearly 70 maybe that is not drug related. After years of being overweight on prednisolone I have lost nearly two stones. I feel better and more energetic. Most importantly I can make plans , and buy advance tickets with confidence.
I can't have the lost twenty years back but this drug has given me my life back.

by Skip Bushee on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
A life saver

After failing with Remicade, Humira, Prednisone, etc. I was hospitalized in 2014 preparation for a colectomy. The nurse practitioner on my case went to bat for me and convinced the VA to make me the first patient to get Vedolizumab (Entyvio). It worked spectacularly well combined with the SCD diet and I have been in remission ever since. My last colonoscopy showed it to be clear and healthy,

by Elsa on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Used Entyvio for 6 months.but didn’t seem to help

After 6 months no help

by Garry on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Some help for sure

I have had moderate to severe UC for 6 years and have run the gamut through Mezavant, Imuran, prednisone (which works but has the several side effects and is dangerous long term) a couple of others and most recently Humira. I have been on Entyvio for a bit more than a year every 8 weeks, and we decided to up the dosage, as it helped with hardening the stool, but did not eliminate the urgency. Takeda use to allow every 6 weeks as the next injection increment, but has stopped that and so we had to go with every 4 weeks, which I am on my second dose. I know it is helping, but would be most wanting to get rid of the urgency. I am convinced if I went with a very strict SCD diet I could likely take care of the urgency, as I am mostly SCD, but do stay into a bit of sugar and gluten and some illegal starches. I really wish we had more studies on diet, I do agree with Adam and many of you that diet is a key to helping with this disease. Good luck everyone

by Phyl Roberts on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I've had ulcerative colitis since early 2013 and have been receiving vedolizumab infusions for about 20 months.
Vedolizumab has been an absolute lifesaver for me. I'm in complete remission and have no side effects. I did experience some generalised joint pain for the first 10 months or so but this has now faded and I feel fine.
Prior to vedolizumab I'd had very bad reactions to previous medications including a lups like reaction to infliximab infusions after about 8 months.
Vedolizumab has given me back my life.
Phyl Roberts

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by Monica on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Vedulizumab is perfect

I was prescribed Vedulizumab after severed Colitis caused by the fact that Inflizimab stopped working as I grew antibodies.

I must say that I have been feeling fantastic, never had a relapse and felt really like I was normal again. In addition, apart from feeling fatigued the first few infusions I felt wonderful. I do suffer from Arthritis and the drug did make my joints sore, but I combat this by keeping active at the gym and regularly visit a Physio.

After a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy a few weeks ago, the specialist was thrilled with the results, as the ulcerations healed beyond expectations.

Sadly for this reason, they want to stop administering the drug, as it is too expensive. It looks like a contradiction to me, since we have proven that the drug works indeed and it would be insane to go back to where I was a year ago.

Has anyone got any feedback on how they felt after coming off Vedulizumab that they can share and give me hope please? Thank you.

by Sam Palmer on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Hi all!

I'll keep this nice and short. I was diagnosed with UC in 2013. For about two years I was on and off medication, mostly a combination of Uceris, Canasa, and Lialda. In May of this year, I was hospitalized for pancreatitis, with no conclusive results as to what had caused the episode.

To be safe, my new doc advised me to steer clear of mesalamine, as there is a correlation between the drug and pancreatitis in some individuals. He suggested that I look into biologics, specifically vedolizumab.

I have been receiving infusions of Entyvio for two months now, and I am THRILLED with its effect on my colitis thus far. The blood, urgency, and discomfort have subsided almost completely with no negative side effects. Although I am aware that this may change over time, and these results will differ depending on the individual, I highly recommend Entyvio. I am finally beginning to gain back some weight, I can eat without fear, and my overall quality of life has improved incredibly.

by Chris on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio works at astronomical costs, so may quite drugs for pure SCD regimen

I have been in an up and down period of active flairs since 2011. Prior to that, I would go 5 to 8 years with no symptoms and basic treatments like prednisone, Asacol and hydrocortisone enema’s would clear things up. I started the SCD diet in 2012 with good results but never achieved full remission. In 2016, started Ucerus which improved my condition, but not completely. My doctor was concerned with the long-term effects of Ucerus, which is essentially prednisone, so he recommended Humira. At that time, I had been reading about Entyvio, and suggested it to my GI Doc and he agreed to give it a try.

I started infusions in March 2017, every 6 weeks initially and now on an 8 week interval. It was slow to work, but after 8 months, I can say I am significantly better. Not in complete remission, but all symptoms have improved significantly. Early on I experienced joint pain, and also injured my knee in a very low impact fall while skiing. The doctor at that time said loss of bone and cartilage from extended use of Ucerus may have contributed to the pain and weakness in my knees. He added a weekly dose of Methotrexate which may have helped some off the joint pain. I should mention I have also experienced periods of low energy and general malaise, but that may be due to UC, SCD diet and/ or the drug.

The problem is the expense! Based on general discussions with my GI Doc and information on the internet, I expected infusions would be about $5,000 and all costs to be covered by insurance. After 3 months, I was sent a bill for $24,000 for one infusion! I am now on the hook for $3,700 per infusion, (which I am fighting) so close to $20,000 a year, out-of-pocket. If I cannot negotiate this down, I may consider trying a biologic or going off Entyvio entirely and going on a pure SCD diet to see how things progress.

The point here is this: after 5 years I am now on a $28,000 treatment every 8 weeks and I am only marginally better than after one full year on a pure SCD diet and no drugs. Doing SCD 100% is almost impossible, but better than bad flairs and bad drugs.

I am interested to hear of people who have quit drugs and committed to SCD. How perfect are you on the diet? Can you have a beer or piece of bread from time to time? Some new research is suggesting the value of non-starch polysaccharides to gut health, so can that mean beer good, potatoes, not-so-much?

Love to hear any thoughts, suggestions…

by Mikebey on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio was a miracle

Dx with crohns 2014 but actually suffered with it

3 years prior. Was on 6mp, prednisone which worked to a degree. On entyvio since August 2017. Feel normal again, just like I did back before the crohns curse hit me. Truly a miracle. I hope it never stops working.

by Alexis on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Thumb weakness

I started entyvio last year after my body started rejecting Cimzia. I had a lot of joint pain in the beginning but it eventually subsided. I have progressively noticed a decreased function in both my thumbs. I am unsure if this is relatedness to the entyvio, but wanted to see if anyone else is experiencing the same symptoms after being on entyvio for awhile. I have been to a rheumatologist and had a X-rays and an emg, all of which returned normal results. Looking for some insight because I am unsure where to go from here.

by Sinead Mc Crum on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Hi guys, just thought I would give my review on entyvio. I started it in September 2015 for my Crohn's disease after my azathioprine stopped working for me. After having a 15 month flare up, I was desperate. Was very worried about starting it as I was told that i was the first person in northern Ireland to be put on the drug, so if it worked well for me, it would be easier to get for other patients.

It did take a while for it to work, I would say a good 4/5 months for me to notice a big difference, but it worked great for me. No side effects or anything.

I was kept on it for 1 year until my funding ran out and then just continued with my azathioprine. But unfortunately in June this year my Crohn's started to flare up again and I was put on steroids. They worked for the 9 weeks, but again about a month ago my stomach got bad again and I'm being put back on the entyvio in the next few weeks. Not that i mind, as I know it works.

My advice to anyone trying it is, give it time. It's not an overnight solution.

Good luck to everyone reading this :) :)

by Phyl Roberts on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have UC and was diagnosed in July 2013. I started treatment with vedolizumab in May 2017 and am in complete remission. This is the best my colon has been since my symptoms first started in early 2013.

My response has been even better than with infliximab which I had to stop last year because of lupus like symptoms which appeared.

The vedolizumab has given me my life back. The only down side is joint pains but at the moment I feel it's a small price to pay. After a 4 year nightmare, I now feel completely well and all my UC sysptoms have gone.

All previous treatments caused severe reactions or illness. So far vedolizumab has been a life saver for me.

Phyl Roberts

by Ed Trails on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio - After 1 Year: it's working for me.

Hi Everyone - i haven't updated since Sept 2016.

Been on Entyvio since August 2016 w/ bi-monthly doses.

Saw my specialist this past week & following a scope in April have been told that I am in "clinical remission". :)

He is keeping me on the Entyvio infusions but taking me off azathioprine which I have been on since Jan 2015 (2.5yrs).

He has said that I am one of only a handful of patients who have responded to this treatment.

Being symptom-free for over a year is obviously good news & i've had no issues in that time inc no blood.

A bit concerned about coming off the azathioprine (no tapering).

The NHS is covering my treatment & he said if any issues i would go back onto azathioprine right away. He foresees me staying on this for at least another year.

by Anonymous on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Been on Entyvio for 6 months (and Pentasa). Still waiting for any noticeable results.

by Anita on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Hello Everyone,

I'm following this forum for a while and I'd like to say it's very useful. Today I'd like to share my experience with entyvio. I was diagnosed with UC 15 years ago. Now I'm 30. For years been mostly on sulfasalazine and mesalamine pils and suppositories. Once during bad flare I had hydrocortizone suppositories, antybiotics and high dose sulfasalazine..this put me to remission for almost 3 years (drug free). 2013/14 all starts sulfasalazine helped to achieve quick remission. 2015 I got pregnant(low sulfa dosage during pregnancy)and I felt great. About 3 m after my daughter was born I start another flare (short before I was on antibiotic for bladder infection and I got food poisoning) Higher dose sulfa doesnt work, switch for asacol failure. I got really bad on the end of the year...the longest and worst flare ever. After colonoscopy my GI decide to put me on Entyvio. First dosage 1/31/17 I felt maby little better for coupe of days...second 2/14/17 no improvement...even worst...2/20/17 hospitalized (c.diff infection) 2 antibiotics + prednisone... after hospital slightly better...continue prednisone. 3/14/17 entyvio #3 prednisone 30mg/d. after 3/20/17 getting worst again...prednisone 40.. I decided to try SCD diet...after over 3 weeks on it i didnt see much improvement...still on modified scd...but I started drink cabbage juice(fresh cabbage+juicer) and do accupuncture...on next day I felt better...tapering prednisone slowly plus 5/8 another entyvio.

by Anne-Marie on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio working for teen

My son who is almost 16 years old and had tried Humira and Cortifoam for his UC for nearly 7 months, but the regimen wasn't working. We tried SCD but he lost too much weight. He started Entvyio in August and it took about 4 months to really kick in. The good news is he is now off all steroids for the first time in 18 months. We saw a Peds GI expert in Philadelphia who said Entyvio can take up to 6 months to work. He is now GI doctor #6! Glad we finally found someone who knows the latest science on meds and diet. My advice: Don't give up and find a GI doctor who will work with you until you identify a regimen that works. Thanks Adam for creating this wonderful community!

by Mary on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio and abscesses

My son had crohns for 14 years no surgery except for this abscess. On and off all the meds and remicade worked for two years. Humera never worked. He has been on Entyvio for 2.5 years and has been crohns free for that time. He recently had an abscess (which the GI surgeon said can develop in days) and had to have it drained in the hospital 2 days overnight rocephine iv, flagyl iv then cepro and flagyl for 7 more days by mouth. He still has not be diagnosed with a crohns flare, but with all the antibiotics it may be inevitable. My question is does one of the side effects of Entyvio an abscess? I talked to the GI nurse Practitioner and she said it was weird that three GI patients had abscesses the same week. Anyone else? I have website: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/entyvio-side-effects.html

by Robert on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Cost support: Entyvio Connect

To Connie in Indiana; tell your doctor to hook you and your insurance company up with Entyvio Connect. In most cases the most you pay is $50.00. After your deductible you pay nothing

by Paul on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
severe UC

I've had severe UC for about 6 years, but none of the usual treatments worked. My gastro doctor put me on Entyvio infusions a year ago, and for many months there was little improvement on frequency and urgency, although blood in BM's lessened. But now, after a year, the Entyvio has kicked in brilliantly and I'm glad to say I'm in full remission. Entyvio can take up to a year to take full effect, but it's a wonderful drug for controlling UC.

by Ed Trails on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio Dose 3 (2 months in)

So I got my 3rd dose last week. I was fearing another 10 days of post-dose fatigue but I had no issues this time.

My progress continues. Stability is maintained, no urgency. I am continuing w/ VSL#3 so again is it the Entyvio or the probiotic...?

I dunno. ..

I did have a scheduled meeting w/ a surgeon this past week covering the "what-ifs" & will meet w/ my specialist in a week or so to discuss the progress. I gather that Entyvio works w/ some people initially & then not so I look forward to discussing w/ him. Given the cost, if progress continues then I presume I will continue the treatment for the next while (every 8 weeks) but likely that the funding needs to be re-applied for yearly. The surgeon talked about how w/ biologicals like Entyvio that the long-term effect is unknown re cancers etc... Will update after Dose 4 in November.

by Ed Trails on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
7 weeks in

I'm moving this up to 4 stars.

Also wanted to clarify a couple of points from previous post which I should have made more clear.

1) I have been diagnosed w/ UC since Feb 2015.

2) 3 years previously to that was told it was Eosinophilic Colitis.

3) Last steroids was Feb 16.

4) Was on Golimumab from Dec 15 to July 16.

I am pleased to say that I am doing really well since my first Entyvio dose. Coincidentally I have also been on VSL#3 since that time. So what is making the difference? The probiotic or the Entyvio? Very hard to say. I had a little bit of tummy pain this past week (healing?), very little gas & have been a bit constipated. Main thing however is the stability, lack of urgency maintained. Will update after Dose 3. As I am in the UK, I am very fortunate to be getting this via the NHS so it's costs me nothing. I spoke w/ an IBD nurse & this is one of the most expensive medications though. £2000.

by Ed Trails on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

So here's the deal...

Had been on Pentasa, Azathioprine, Prednisone finally tapering slowly off the steroids Feb 2016.

Started Golimumab in Dec 2016 through to last dose on July 1st. It MAY have helped but if so it took up to June but still had urgency, frequency & some blood.

Started Entyvio in early August & have just had Dose 2 w/ Dose 3 coming early Sept.

SO far so good - symptoms like urgency AND frequency have gone. I have bowel movements in the morning & at night & that's about it so I'm feeling positive.

I need this to work as my specialist has told me the this would be the last frontier from a medical treatment point of view before surgery would be required.

What I would say is that a MAJOR fatigue has set in both mental but primarily physical. This sucks but hopefully this is also part of the healing process. It's a trade off & of course I'm willing to endure it if it will make me better but it is SIGNIFICANT.

Will keep you updated on my progress.

by Emma on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Not an Immunosuppressant

re: 'immune suppressant'.

I was told that this drug is different than the other biologicals (anti TNF drugs) used for UC. It is not an immune suppressant. It works by interfering with a key chemical step that is needed to create the GI inflammation process.

by Emma C on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
2 doses down

I have had 2 infusions so far (on Week #3 of Entyvio) and I'm not noticing anything dramatic, so I am giving it a 2/5 stars. I get another dose in a few weeks and then go to every 8 weeks. I am not noticing anything much so far except that I think my stools have less blood and are some are more formed than before. I have failed Prednisone and Azathioprine (Imuran) so far and switched to an *IBD only* GI doctor who does IBD research so that I could get infusions of SOMETHING. He has arranged for me to get essentially free ENTYVIO while I am in his study. I am told it can take until 14 weeks to see the benefits of this drug. NB #1 I would really recommend getting with a researcher in order to get free meds, for those with no insurance.

NB #2 An Entyvio infusion here in Toronto costs $3K, BTW, not $28K as some American friends are mentioning!) If you can come over the border 6x/year, it might be worth it for you. :)

by steve collins on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have tried most of the products for uc last one was golimulab absolute waste of time always reverted to prednislone which had some effect but not 100% now had 3 infusions of entiviyo difference is unbelievable gone from 20+ visits to the toilet a day down to 2-3 a day massive improvement. Was diagnosed 4 years ago this has now given me some life back not always wondering where the nearest toilets are the lack of urgency is great. Think I have a few side effects couple of days of fatigue after the infusion and some joint pain but compared to the benefits negilible

by Steve on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Worked for 18 months

I've had UC for 30 years and been at the point of ready to remove my colon several times. Like many others I've tried almost everything including : Sulfasalzine, prednisone, 6-MP, Asacol, Humira, etc. etc. including diets and had marginal success. 6-MP and Asacol seemed to work the best for the long term, but I always had inflammation shown with my annual colonoscopy. My Dr. put me on the biologics in an attempt to improve the inflammation. Humira and Sympony didn't work and had bad side effects for me. I started Entyvio 18 months ago and showed improvement quickly. For most of the duration I have been symptom free and was keeping my fingers crossed that this was the path to stay on into remission. Unfortunately I started a flare last week, something I haven't had in a long time. I have my annual colonoscopy in two days and will make the decision afterwards. Entyvio is kind of a last resort for me...if it doesn't work it is finally time to remove the colon...30 years is long enough! My quality of life on Entyvio was quite good. I did experience side effects early on until my body adjusted...which included hip and knee pain (I felt like a 90 year old man at times...not 40). The pain eventually subsided. Other than that, and the exorbitant cost of the medication...it was great while it lasted!!!!

by Kathy on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
So far so good :)

On my 4th dose and so far so good. Within 1 week my symptoms lessened. I am having a lot of fatigue and sore muscles for the first 10days or so after each injection. Then quite good. Infusion much easier than pills every day. Hope this keeps working!

by Amy on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
children on entyvio?

My 15 year old will be starting entyvio tomorrow after remicade not working for him. Just curious if anyone has a child who has been put on this drug and what your experience was. Thanks!

by Janet on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
seems to work

I just started the Entyvio treatments 2 weeks ago. So far so good. Just wondering about the weight gain & bloating? Is this a left over side effect from the Predisone that I finished 3 weeks ago? Very good luck to everyone....

by Kenny J Breen on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Ulcerative colitis

My name is Kenny i been battling Uc for 23 years. I have taken every medicine they have the kast 5 years i had a tough time staying in remission. last March i started Entyvio every 8 weeks after the w doses u get in the first2 weeks. I was worried of all uncertainties of this Entyvio infusion. I took anyway my side effects were pretty rough .....tired ..headaches ...forgetfulness was concerning . I had remission for 1 year and Im ill again. I have the feeling the only way to feel better is the removal of my intestines its hard to accept but it has been mentioned. I go next for a colonoscopy and prepping while your sick really takes it toll on someone. I read an artcle that most of us eventually have to our intestines removed at some point . 23 years of this works on you. I wish you all well. Thanks Kenny

by Sonya on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Worked for a while

I started Entyvio 10 months ago. It really worked well at the beginning after the loading doses but I started a pretty bad flare 3 months ago and even after most recent treatment, it hasn't worked. My doctor put me on imuran to see if that combo would help but I had bad reaction to the imuran. I have been on uceris oral and asacol for years. Going to try uceris foam with it all next. I have been on Remicade, lialda, pentasa, canasa and of course the dreaded prednisone more than I care to have been. I have been diagnosed for 9 years. I am hopeful I can get past this flare because the Entyvio made a huge difference for a while and I hope it will work again.

by Grant Bushee on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Gets Better with Time

I am sitting here receiving my sixth infusion of Vedulizumab and I am one of the lucky ones. I started last April following a week of hospitalization due to severe blood and weight loss. The drug took over the heavy lifting as I transitioned off steroids and I have been gradually getting better over time. They wanted to remove my colon in April because they thought it was beyond repair but it is slowly healing. Between the Vedulizumab and strict adherence to the SCD diet, I am back to a normal life. Before this drug, I failed on Remicade, Humira, Mesalamine and Mercaptopurune.

by Gloria Barnes on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio - works for me

Entyvio is working very well for me. My quality of life is back with only 1 to 2 BMs (firm) daily, some days none at all. I was diagnosed with UC September 2012. In the first year I lost 26 pounds. With Entyvio, I have gained back about 6 pounds (in 5 months) and feel healthier than I have for years. I do a lot of research on UC and other diseases that affect me or my family. I have taken all the regular anti-inflammatory meds for my UC. Nothing really helped except Prednisone, of course, but we all know the negatives of that drug. This year, I was in a major flare for months, 16-18 BMs per day and lots of blood passed. I had tapered down from Prednisone to none the week before I started the Entyvio infusion on 6/15/15. My doctor had wanted me to try Humira or Remicade, but I didn't like the side affects. I had found Entyvio information on the Internet and brought it to my GI's attention. He was aware of it, but did not have any of his patients on it yet. At this point, I think he was just happy that I would agree to a treatment other than Prednisone. He also wanted me to take Imuran at the same time, but that didn't happen. Currently I am only on Entyvio (infusion every 8 weeks), and probiotics.

As of yesterday, I took my 5th infusion. It is working very well for me. From my first infusion, 6/15/15, it took about a 3 to 4 weeks for my BM's to be half of where I started, down to about 8-9 per day. The bloody stools stopped 1 week after the first infusion. I did run a slight fever everyday with occasional headaches for about a month after I started the Entyvio, that was temporary. By my 3rd infusion (7/29/15), I was down to 2 BM's per day. And, as my doctor says, they were formed and firm (beautiful). This treatment has worked for me and I would highly recommend it for those suffering with flares. Entyvio does state that it is for "active" UC. I think that means being in a flare, which I was and it worked. I don't know if that is why it doesn't work for some. I also think it may work better when not on any other medication, which I was not. At the infusion center, there are now about 10-12 others in various stages of the Entyvio infusions and all of them are reporting some level of improvement in their UC issues. I try to eat healthy with mostly vegetables, fruit, chicken and seafood, rarely red meat. I also only drink electrolyte enhanced water. I walk 30 minutes a day. I am scheduled for a sigmoidoscopy in December. My doctor wants to “look” at my colon. I know it will look better than he expects. My sister prays for a ‘cure’ for me every day and with Entyvio I think it’s as close as it will get to that. I know UC is such an ‘individual’ disease and everyone is different, but maybe this will work for you too. I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband and family/friends that care. Their support and understanding of this disease helps me to be strong. I hope this is helpful and I wish you all the best with controlling your UC.

by Rachel on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Hello, I am currently on my 2 dose of Vedolizumab / Entyvio. I haven't noticed any improvements yet unfortunately and still on a high dose of prednisilone which i have been on for over 2 years. I can't seem to taper down further than 20mg which is driving me crazy as the side effects are horrible. Before trying vedolizumab i was on Remicade which didn't work, Im also on azathioprine which i have been taking for over 5 years and Pentasa.

Im getting nervous if the Vedolizumab doesn't work then the doctors have spoken about surgery and whenever I think about it i get panic attacks!!

I have been reading up on the SCD diet reviews and i try to stick to a very low carb no gluten diet, but after being ill for so long ( was hospitalised at the beginning of the year) i think a little of everything in moderation does the mind good. Esp if i need a large vodka on friday night to forget about this awful disease!

Look forward to hearing other reviews on the vedolizumab drug and if anyone lives in London with UC and and fancies meeting up let me know!

by Connie on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio Cost

Have been approved for Entyvio, but was told each dose costs $28000+......I do have "marketplace" insurance, but cannot risk having an infusion, then getting a bill that I can't afford. Anyone willing to divulge how much they are charged, after insurance?

by Emily Ellen on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio - My Story

This stuff worked like a miracle to me. Previously on Humira for a year and a half, I found that it did not work effectively anymore. Entyvio saved me. I started in December of 2014 and have been on it ever since. As patient with UC since 2012, I have never felt so "normal" since I was diagnosed and I have been on my share of medications. I did make an entire YouTube video about my experience and with information on Entyvio on my channel that I use to share my journey with this disease. Hope it can help those considering this medication. And no, I'm sponsored by Entyvio to make this video or post. This is simply my opinion and I am receiving no compensation for my videos.


by Corey Spaulding on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
didn't work

It didn't work - in fact, I ended up with diverticulitis!! 5 times hospitalized since starting Entyvio in March (4 months)- never hospitalized for it before. That being said, Asacol caused kidney failure, Remicade caused liver disease, palindromic rheumatism and psoriasis, tacrolimus caused temp. blindness so I am seeing surgeon in 2 days - I can't do meds! Also, the joint pain was not worth it - could not walk. I think it is me not the drug - I would definitely try every drug out there.

by Lynn on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

This med did nothing for me but cost me a lot of money. Nothing really works for me except prednisone and tincture of opium. When people write their reviews please be honest and tell all what you are doing in addition to taking a med like Entyvio. When I was reading reviews sometimes people fail to say oh I am also doing SCD or GAPS or supplements or also Asacol etc. and you get to the bottom and in addition have a big list of other things they are doing or fail to mention them.

by Katie O on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Vast Improvement

I was diagnosed with UC two and a half years ago. I tried Asacal and Humiria at first to no avail. After spending a week in the hospital on steroids, my doctor started treating me with Remicade. Remicade worked for approximately 3-months and then my symptoms returned. I also had a lot of side effects, including half of my hair falling out. I then tried following the SCD diet which helped my symptoms some; however, since I work long hours and don't like to cook my weight dropped dramatically. I dropped down to 96 pounds on my 5'4 body frame and I had little to no energy. My doctor recommended that I try entyvio. After three infusions - I've gained weight, am able to travel without starving myself, started playing sports again and am able to sleep without waking up 5 times to go to the bathroom. While I still have some blood and urgency, my symptoms have improved by 75%. I feel like I have my life back and hope the entyvio continues to work longterm.

by krisi on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
entyvio is working for me

So far it's been 10ish months since I've started entyvio. I have been symptom free for about 6 months and no sign of active disease woth last colonscopy. My favorite part of the drug is that I am not catching everyone's sicknesses anymore and have even become less of a germ - phone freak (well, still a germ phobe, just less of the freak status.) The first 5ish infusions came with a lot of joint pain, but not anymore. The biggest advice I could offer someone who was getting ready to start is: HYDRATE BEFORE INFUSION. it lessons the side effects.

by Dan Jackman on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Good So far

I've done a number of different meds including Remicade, 6-MP, Asacol, Humira and others. All of these have caused problems with my immune systems causing breakouts of Pyoderma Gangrenousum on my legs and other issues. I have finished my loading and now doing every 8 weeks for Entyvio and my markers have come down significantly and feeling incredibly better. It is much more expensive but I think very much worth the extra $$$. Things have been very dark for me over the last several years with different meds, but this Entyvio is making life enjoyable again.

by Lynn Beltowski on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Feel 20 years younger!

After failures with remicade, symponi, assorted other drugs and a one week stint in the hospital; I was approved for entyvio last October. It took a while to kick in but I must say that I feel better than I have felt in 20 years. I do have some issues with joint pain and my eyes because this drug selectively targets the bowels, but it is mild due to the previous suffering with UC. Give it a try!

by Rose on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have had UC for more than 10 years. After a couple of doses I am almost in remission. This is the best medicine I ever took.

by kevin on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I was on Remicade for years and my body finally became immune. I got everything back.... blood,cramping....it was very upsetting. The good news was that Vedolizumab was just around the corner. It had just been approved and I've had 5 or 6 infusions with it and I'm back to complete remission. I feel better on this than when I was on Remicade. If your in trouble with Remicade and it isn't working try this, it has done wonders for me.

by Scott Clayton on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio is for real!

If it wasn't for Entyvio I would have been forced to have my lower intestine removed. I have ulcerative colitis and Krohns. My body became immune to remicade and I had been on everything else, so I was out of options. Before starting on Entyvio I was bleeding everyone I used the bathroom, which was about 6 times a day! I was experiencing tremendous abdominal pain and night sweats. I was the first person in my area to be approved for Entyvio. My hospital was very excited while I was sceptical. I honestly felt relief in 1 week!! If you are struggling with ulcerative colitis and think that you're out of options, you've got to try this medication. It works.

by Scott on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
How long for this stuff to work?

I've had UC for 15 years. Been on Asocal, Remicaid, Prednisone, 6-MP, Canasa, Proctifoam, Humira, etc.

Currently on 6-MP, 6 mg prednisone tappering every week.

I went in for my 3 Entyvio dose 2 weeks ago.

I have shown some improvement but still have rectal pain and urgency with some solid movements, some loose, and at night many non productive trips to bathroom.

Outside of Jo, has anyone had success with Entyvio and how long did it take to see noticable improvements?

When I was on Humira it worked wonders for a year then stopped working as I got off prednisone.

I have had zero side effects from form Enyvio.

Just wish it worked quicker and better.

by Jo on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I had tried every medication evry diet program I could find I was in a constant flare for three years

My original Dr said there is no more I can do for you

I found another dr in the city who suggested Entyvio. Four treatments and I was still ill

He said it's time to talk about surgery

To get your life back. We gave it one more try

And it worked. I'm not in total remission but close to it and the best I've felt in years.

I am now being weaned off prednisone. I'm thankful that drug did a lot of damage to my body

I feel Entvyio has saved my life. Only down side so far is joint pains

by Robin on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio has set me free

Started on Entyvio in November 2014 and as of May 2015 I am in remission. I am following a paleo diet -- meat, fruits and veggies. I still have problems eating desserts, processed foods and alcohol. I controlled my UC with diet since 2002, but when I went out of remission for almost two years I had to break down and agree to meds. It was a hard decision but I chose Entyvio even though it is still in its experimental stage. It has finally SET ME FREE!! I also use Canasa suppositories when I cheat, like Mexican food, etc.

by Hopeful on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Diagnosed with UC 4 years ago and have not been able to get anything under control unless I stayed on Predisone. Tried everything--meds, diet, hollistic. The only thing that can keep the UC in check is Predisone at/above 20 mg. Had first Vedolizumab infusion on May 8. Hopeful. Actual infusion only takes 30 minutes...that was nice. Saw slight improvement after first infusion. Second infusion (2 weeks later) on May 22. Remaining hopeful for continued improvement. Experience joint pain, tiredness & headache. Not sure if these side effects are legacy from Remicaid since I went directly from that drug to Vedolizumab and experienced those symptoms while on Remicaid as well. Will update again after next infusion on June 19. Hopeful that this will be the silver bullet medication. Hopeful.

by Daniel Jackman on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Getting Started

So far things have gone well with Entyvio. I'm still Loading and will start regular (8weeks) infusions after my last load in a month. I've done Remicade but it caused my legs to break out (pyoderma gangrenosum) and the last time I had an infection and had to stop and then reload. On the reload I had a bad reaction that almost sent me to the hospital.

The Humira wasn't much better and the legs started to get worse.

Now with a new Dr and Entyvio. It seems to be going fine. The legs are not as bad.

The unfortunate thing is throughout this the polyps are more and more every colonoscopy. They have used the term "Squamous Like". Ugh!

The Entyvio does give me a bit of a headache the day after but that might just be some stress plus other fun things in life.

by Laura on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

It is still early in the process, but I went for my 2nd infusion of entyvio last Monday. I have not seen anything significant but it is still early. I am a little discouraged, however. Being on an immunosuppressant drug has increased the chances of picking up every sickness/infection around me… and as a high school teacher this is not the best case scenerio. I was diagnosed with shingles and had to go to the ER three days after my 2nd infusion. Being a 26 year old with shingles is not what I had in mind when starting the infusions. Hoping it helps my UC symptoms in the long run!

by Stephanie B on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

One week after my first infusion I started to notice mild improvement. I'll be going for my first maintenance dose (#4) May 20th and I've been continuing to see slow, steady improvement from that first week. After my infusions I'm generally pretty tired for the first few days but then I feel fine after that. After the first few infusions I had a headache for two or three days as well. NO OTHER side effects!!!! I finally have my life back!

by Joanne on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Something is working well

I have had 4 infusions and it did not appear to be working. I then had a biopsy of my descending colon and it showed I had CMV. After completing a course of antiviral meds the blood, cramping, rectal pain, joint pain and frequent BMs have all stopped over the past 5 days. I am continuing on a prednisone taper (now at 25 mg), Azathioprine 150 mg, SCD and probiotics. Still a bunch of meds but no blood in the stool and BMs is a good thing.

How are others on this thread doing who have been on Entyvio?


by Rick on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Entyvio experiences

After some trial and error with Humira and Entyvio (more on that later) I was approved for and had my first infusion of Entyvio on February 17. The infusion process was painless and took a half hour for the actual infusion, and another half hour for observation.

My UC has presented itself with inflammatory arthritis. No urgent bowel issues, no bloody stool or mucous, but in the course of five months I've gone from active to sedentary, feeling lucky to even be able to walk. I can't make a fist and my right knee and two of my finger joints are shot.

The Humira did nothing so we tried Enbrel (which is an arthritis drug). Also nothing. I have been on courses of Medrol (steroid) just to be marginally functional.

I pushed for Entyvio before it was even FDA approved, but I had to run through a few biologics first.

I've done a ton of my own research and it makes sense to me to quelling the UC in the gut should reduce the ancillary symptoms.


All of us taking Entyvio are the guinea pigs, so there isn't a lot of support out there. I am the only one in my area on this drug. I was the first, and it’s sort of lonely being patient zero.

This support group is as close as any of us will get to talking with other Entyvio patients, so if we could all share our experiences, maybe we won't feel so isolated.

Cost is a factor in getting this prescribed. I’ll know more when I get my monthly statement from my healthcare provider, but the rumor around the infusion office was $38,000 per dose. They approved for the loading dose (3 infusions) and one maintenance dose. Fourteen weeks. If there is no improvement, the drug will no longer be considered an option.. This is standard practice from Entyvio.

I spoke with the medical department at Entyvio, and nobody has been using this for over a year. Long term usage would get ridiculously expensive, so my thoughts are that it will either come down or it will be a short term fix.

I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

by Edward petracco on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

Going for my 4th infusion tomorrow

by Anabel on Entyvio / Vedolizumab
Just started...

I can't really give a review yet, because I just started the drug on Monday, June 23, 2014. I can say that the infusion was simple and I even got to rest for the 45 minutes it took to be infused. My next infusion is at the 2 week mark on July 7, 2014 and then at the six week mark on August 4, 2014. After that, if I am showing improvement, I will be getting the infusions every 8 weeks. Wish me luck! And I'll keep you updated.

by April Lavoie-Legrand on Entyvio / Vedolizumab

I have been on Vedolizumab for 7 months now. When I started on the medication( in shot form) I was in severe ulcerative colitis conditions , I had been on prednisone for 5 years strait and started getting cushions disease. I had all the terrible side effects and my body was fighting itself. I was in dire need of a miracle. My doctors were ready to throw in the towel and give me a Bag. I refused. I immediately started doing research on meds. Got hooked up with Dr. Feaghan in London Ontario Canada. He said he could help me. I was sceptic at that point. But I was all in. Had nothing to Lose. I was 34 years old and had ulcerative colitis for 23 years and was exhausted and tried everything out there. I thought well whats one more medication. So I started the shots. The next shot was in 2 weeks. Then I had a shot every 4 weeks after that. Well after 2 months I went from a severe ulcerative state to nothing but a spot the size of a dime. No bleeding, no accidents, no urge, no pain. Less arthritis even. It was a miracle. I was at an inflammation point of 9 out 10 in my body. I am now at a 1. It has saved my life.... I thank Dr.Feaghan and this miracle drug. All other meds gave me a high chance of getting sick all the time, in the hospital for just a common cold and all kinds of stuff. In 7 months I got sick once with a sinus infection, had antibiotics and was back to work in a few days. No hospital. I tell you, this has saved me and my kids lives.... I am so happy to have been in this study and helped a lot of sufferers find this medication that works Only in the area it is suppose to work. Not the whole system., Just the Gut. And its awesome!! Highly recommend.

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  1. Adam!!

    I just watched this on the Canadian news last night…very interesting…I wonder if there are side effects, and what the long term safeness might be. Too soon to tell, I guess.

    The guy on the news last night who is taking this new drug said that he was still feeling totally normal after 14 months, with no symptoms, and no side effects. I was pretty jacked, to say the least…

    I suppose time will tell.

    Thank you for everything,

      1. Hi Adam, Do you know if this medication is or will be available in Australia??? Where
        can I find out more information about it as I have a child who has Crohns

        1. HI Tony,

          I don’t know about the current availability in Australia. But, best bet would be to contact your local GI doctor, and inquire with them. I would hope they would be able to assist you right away.

          (Also, be sure to find the company’s website online who manufactures the product, as there are often different “brand” names used in countries which vary from place to place)

          best to you,


  2. My doctors are very excited about this new drug. They said it will change the face of UC. I’m not as optimistic but I hope they are right. My doc says the side effects are close to 0! What?! They claim it will be out in March 2014. 1 of the many trails are being done here in Chicago.

    1. Zero side effects would be great! I hope this is true…I still think FTs…(good bacteria) is the real way to knock UC into remission. No drugs is my wish and goal for the future of treating UC!!

      Cheers all :)

      1. HI Bev,

        I had my first infusion last week and am scheduled for the second this Friday (7/31). No problems after the first infusion. However, three days later, I vomited all day, couldn”t hold anything in my stomach) and ended up in the Emergency Department for an IV infusion for dehydration, a lot of stomach cramping (intolerable) and lower back pain. Took Tylenol and Ondansetron for relief. Yesterday, symptoms begin to go away and today I am back to the usual UC symptoms except still have nausea! I want to continue with my 2nd infusion since this is my last resort prior to surgery. Do you think the bad day is associated with the Entyvio or possibly just a concidence? My gastro doctor doesn’t have a clue and is very perplexed. I can’t wait until there is a fully natural way to treat UC! Hope all is well with you. Is this the best way to communicate?

          1. No. They have done no stool tests. I have tested negative in the past. I am now scheduled for an upper endoscopy and asked to be tested for c diff, and other things as well.

        1. Hey Sharon,

          So much for NO side effects, huh? Nausea…ah yes, I know it well. Just the so called ‘harmless’ drug, Asacol, made me nauseous every day that I was on it. If I took the drug you just took, I’d probably throw my guts up. That is how I seem to react to meds period.

          I do not think that your reaction was due to anything natural that you are taking. Quite the contrary. If you got nausea after the infusion, then that has to be why.

          Cheers and happy happy tummy thoughts my friend:)

  3. Bev I feel the same! FT has to be the way. I tried it at home and it didn’t take, I’m hoping this is more acceptable in the medical community very soon. I’m seeking a different donor


    1. Let’s hope it’s soon, Matt.

      Any idea why the FTs didn’t ‘take’? Were enough of them done? It’s different for everyone. Some people need more than others. Also, you said you may need a different donor? I never considered that before, but perhaps some people do carry and have more good bacteria than others? This is all so interesting…and complex…

      1. Joe UC suffer since 2006 39yrs old

        i was involved with a clinical trial (FMT) through proffessor Thomas Borody in Sydney Australia in Jan 2014 . which helped me at the time (when i say help i mean sometimes 1 – 2 may be 3 bowel movements per day formed nicely some days with a little blood and a few days without any at all) bug once i finished the trial my bowel did a back flip it felt like i was having withdrawl symptoms..
        my next step at the moment is vedolizumab infusions.. i have never been on immunosuppressants as i am petrified of them..
        currently on cortiment 9mg beudonfalk foam and pentaza 1g suppositories

        any info would be great i need to share my thoughts as UC drives me nuts

        1. Gloria - 95% improvement

          I have my sixth infusion scheduled next week on 1/12/16. Last week I had a sigmoidoscopy and the doctor was amazed at my 95% improvement to my colon. I started Entyvio in June when I was in a VERY active flare, with blood and all. In a week the blood was gone and I have improved since then. I have gained about 8 pounds, which I needed. I don’t take anything else, other than probiotics. My BM’s are about 1 or 2 a day, and no urgency. A few weeks ago I started being a little constipated, when I mentioned this to my GI, he suggested eating more fiber. So now I am eating more fiber, prunes, etc. and still at 1 or 2 per day. I hope this is helpful. I have had UC for 3 years and previously only prednisone worked. Entyvio has changed my life. Happy New Year and best of health to you.

  4. I want to try this medication!! Anyone know if the FDA approved it yet. According to what I read, i believe it’s been submitted for review (sitting on a desk somewhere at the fda).
    regarding FT’s – they now have a new way of introducing the bacteria into the body – pill/capsule form (i know it sounds gross, just dont think about it lol)

  5. Amy,
    It’s up for FDA review on December 9 of this year. It’s been given priority status. And it looks like the name might change to Entyvio. Here’s hoping it’s everything they’re saying it is!

      1. Thanks. I am on Remicade. Feeling better but having side effects like allergies and fatigue. I read that this new drug could be more dangerous to people that are taking Remicade or Humira. Do you have information about it?

  6. Diagnosed with distal UC in 2010, and have had one serious flare that landed me in the hospital for a week last year, due to an allergic reaction to colozel. I’ve been on no medications and have largely followed the specific carbohydrate diet. Still, I have bad periods that restrict my lifestyle. A drug that promises to work with minimal side effects would be one I’d be willing to try.

  7. Next question is how soon we can get it. I’m at wit send with my colitis. I’ve tried it all including humira.

        1. We just watched Dallas Buyers Club last night. (great movie) but after my experience trying humira before it was approved for UC, and the movie…I can for sure understand the nervousness and I’m sure you’re not the only one. You might want to try and contact the woman who’s name is listed as the media contact on the FDA release link that was included in the newsletter emaiil today. She might be able to provide you with some more detailed info on side effects from the trial population.

          1. In case anyone was going to try, this was the auto-response from the media contact:

            I will not be checking email regularly. If your message is urgent, please contact the FDA Office of Media Affairs at 301-796-4540, or fdaoma@fda.hhs.gov for assistance.

          2. thx for giving that a try and the update Rick. Maybe a phone call to them would be a better route to get some more details on this new med.

  8. I am on Sulfasalazine and it makes my UC bearable, but I am still very easy to flare up. Joint pain all the time. I am on Sulfasalazine because I have no health insurance and it’s the most cost efficient for me. Was on Asacol HD for 2 years, it was so expensive I halved the dose and ended up in the hospital almost septic from a bad flare… What’s the average cost per dose of Vedolizumab?

  9. I have an appointment in two weeks with my doctor regarding this medication. I’ve been able to control the gut issues (more or less) with diet but the side effects (inflammation of joints, asymmetrical arthritis) is becoming bad. The data looks highly promising.

  10. This sounds great, however, I would like to know how long this medicine stays in your system after just the first (one) dose. After having that nearly deadly reaction to Remicade and being bed ridden for over 6 weeks last year, I am scared to take meds that stay in your system more than 24 hours.

    1. Heather, Cimzia is the biologic that sent me to the hospital. Humira gave me MS type side-effects/symptoms so I’m very nervous about trying a new injectable drug, too, but I think I am going to try this. Been flaring for about 3 months and just got out of being really sick for nearly 3 weeks. I’m taking sulfasalazine now, have an appointment with my gastro in June and will talk to him about the new drug. I am going to remain hopeful. I also take a lot of supplements and I can’t say anything really helps me. If the new med doesn’t help, I will finally consider a colectomy, I can’t continue to go through life like this!

    2. Not long enough. I find it is wearing off after 3.5 weeks. My infusions are every 8 weeks, so this is hell to wait. I’ve been on it for 6 months now. Losing hope.

  11. This new drug looks interesting! I have UC for 5 years now. I had a FMT done by a doctor. I had c-diff so I was able to get it professionally. Thank goodness to this site I found my new doctor that believes in alternative ways to heal other than drugs. He actually believes in the SCD diet.

    I was so relieved to find a doctor that listens to me. I thought I might be able to go gluten free and eat some of those yummy starches after the FMT. Well, it didn’t work although I can get away with it on occasion, but I am sure my insides know it. I have a very stressful job and can work up to 50 hours and above and have been able to stay in remission for years with a few bumps when going off diet.

    I like to have all the guns on my side. Meaning, I follow the SCD diet, I smoke e-cigarettes for the nicotine ~ yes nicotine has helped me a lot. I did not want to smoke cigarettes so I went to the e-cigarettes. I understand this only helps those who have not smoked before. I take L-Gutamine, IgG2000 DF, now 30 billion CFU Probiotic Daily DF (down from 100 billion after FMT), afraid to give up my Apriso (down to taking 2 per day from 4 per day after FMT) went off diet and had warning signs back on Apriso 4 per day. I would not say the FMT was all cure, but helped.

    After my almost flare and saw a little blood. Went back on a strict SCD diet and took my Apriso up 2 more. Honestly, not really sure at this point if the Apriso is really helping, but afraid to change anything. I am under an enormous amount of stress and I just go in the morning between 1 and 3 times for years now.

    So, this is my up to date story. Always looking ahead to what I may need to do or new drug to take. Looking a surgery and the bag, I am unsure. My question is do you have the bag forever or do they do reconstructive surgery to place that inside some how? Just want all the information I can have so I can make educated decisions through the UC journey.

    I hope what has helped me can help someone else.


    1. Rashmi,
      I’m not sure. Maybe someone else knows on that. But, either way, you’re going to need a prescription, so talk with a gastro doctor out there and they should be on top of this new med and its availability for you too.

  12. Hi Adam,
    I get a kick out of your videos and enjoy the support from all the postings. I am am RN who has cared for children/teens who are dealing with IBD. Never did I think I would end up with it too! I was Dx’ d at 42!!!
    I have been dealing w/ UC for a little over 4 years(had a period of remission for 6-7mo in ’13) flared in fall, but things are improving with diet and the addition of 2 medical food supplements. EnteraGam and VSL#3 probiotics. I’ve had some redux in blood & frequency after using for 2-3 weeks. My GI does plan to start me on Entyvio(Vediluzimab) as my next go to treatment.
    I have done Lialda and Imuran for most of my illness. Remicade for 1 year , but continued to bleed. Would love to get closer to a normal life, not quite ther yet! I would encourage other UCers to try the Vedoluzimab as it is more “gut Specific”. Ask to receive premedication prior to infusion( diphenhydramine & acetaminophen ) to reduce reactions.
    Continued strength to all who suffer from this dreadful disease!

    1. Thanks Lynn, and glad you’re enjoying the site. It’s such a new med, but I think over some more time we’ll have quite a few reviews on Vedolizumab as well. Time will tell,

      Best of luck to you,

    2. Hi Lynn,
      Have questions as I read your post.
      I’ve had UC for the past 17 years, steroid dependent, was in prednisone and asacol and colazal, but nothing but prednisone has helped. Then went on budesonide, mild stetoid, had beast ca and developed adrenal insufficiency after budesonide became systemic.
      As I’m coming off budesonide I was put on Lialda, but top gun GI, have me diarrhea and faring itis big time, so I decided to decrease and finally stopped all meds!!
      Terribly scared to go with out them!
      Was also recommended EnteraGam, question, how do you like it, does it help?! VSL3, is that helping you?
      Since I had cancer, I’m terrified of biological meds….
      Horrible desease!

  13. I have had UC since I was 9 and I am 26, none of the drugs work. Remicade has now ruined my liver and stopped working so surgery is where we are at until NOW. Now I plan to ask about this drug at my appointment in a few weeks (if I make it til then without going to the er) This is hopeful. I donot want a bag!

    1. I too a sever UCer since last 6 years with none Med helping other than Prednisolone that too with a Gap, taking Steroids nonstop makes it useless so u need to give it a break. lately I found LDN 4.5 mg with 10 mg Prednisolone doing some good Job . LDN alone or Steroid alone
      is not as potent as the combo is doing I request all Ucers who are opting for surgery or non stop flare like me please try this combo. it will give you some room to figure out and try different diet or treatment options.

      1. Did you gradually increase the level of LDN or just start with 4.5 right off the bat with 10 mgs of prednisone? I know sometimes doctors want you to start off at 1.5. And how long on this protocol?

  14. Had colonoscopy today (my 36th as I have had 1 a year since diagnosed) and doc told me he wants to put me on Entyvio and oral methotrexate. I have been on SCD for 2 1/2 years with great improvement after a severe hospitalized attack , developed 100% antibodies to Remacaide with lots of side effects, and developed RA after getting off Remacaide.
    Entyvio sounds promising since it targets the gut with little side effects to other parts of your body which sounds good to me. Seems like in addition to UC , doc seems to think I may have Crohns as well. Even though I feel fine, I have low iron ( get iron infusions) because I have small amounts of bleeding all the time from a part of my colon that is moderately to severely ulcerated and the other parts are almost normal. Really don’t want to take methotrexate but wondered if anyone else took these two drugs together. Will let you know how I do on Entyvio.

  15. I just started my first Vedolizumab treatment yesterday. I will post a review up top after my 3rd treatment. I was the 4th person to receive this medication so far at the University of Penn here in Philadelphia (they just started last week). The treatment takes about 45 min to an hour, but I got pre-meds (steroid infusion, tylenol) so mine was more like an hour and a half. The pre-meds were used because of a past reaction I had on remicade (even though it’s a totally different infusion drug).

    The drug is similar to Tysabri, but it only targets the lining of the gut which reduces the PML effect greatly. They still have to put the PML warning on paper and make you sign off, but so far there has been no reports of PML in over 3000 subjects. My first infusion went fine and so far no immediate side effects. My next one is scheduled for 2 weeks from now and then 4 weeks after that. At that point is when I should definitely see serious progress.

    I am already feeling a little better the day after the infusion, but I have also been on another relatively new drug “UCERIS” for about 10 days now and I think that is helping some too. I am slowly tapering down on prednisone and I’m at 12.5mg heading down to 10mg in 3 days. Just to compare I was going to the bathroom about 9-10x a day 2-3 weeks ago with occassional blood and constant bad diarrhea. I was taking about 2 vicodin a day for pain when needed. I am down to 3 to 4 trips daily now and today started to see formation of stool again (and taking less pain meds). My diet has been pretty SCD compliant with the exception of white rice which has been a miracle for me since adding it back in. Everybody is different in this department and it usually depends on what the root cause of your disease is (and no one exact diet is perfect for everyone).

    I have suffered with UC (pancolitis) now for 12 years (diagnosed at 18 and changed to crohns/colitis 5 years ago due to a fistula and minor stricturing) and my GI wants to remove my entire colon (bag me forever) if I don’t get my symptons under control. So here is hoping to diet and hopefully some revlutionary medicine in vedolizumab! The only drug that has ever helped me in the past has been prednisone before now. I have taken Asacol (pancreatitis reaction), Sulfasalizine, 6mp, Imuran, Methotrexate, Humira, Remicade (delayed allergic reaction) and Cimzia all with no success. That made me a perfect candidate for Vedolizumab (Entyvio).

    My supplements I am currently on include:
    SCD Multivitamin, Pantethine (Jarrow Formulas), Green Vibrance (when diarrhea is subsided some), Glutamine, NOW Candida Support, Garden of Life Probiotics, Vitamin D-3, Carlson Cod Liver Oil & NOW 100% Whey Protein Isolate.

    1. Thanks for the detail Larry. I’m about to start this medication myself. Been on pretty much every drug such as 5 asa, tons of prednisone, 6mp, humira. Also tried things like diet, acupuncture and even medicinal marijuana! Excited about the potential of this new drug. Not too concerned of the PML risk because as you said there were no reports in the trials. Good luck with the treatment. Let me know how it goes. Hopefully I will start it this summer!

  16. Been battling with UC for 2 years now. Allergic to the 5ASA’s so my Dr cleared me for Entyvio this week. Hopefully have my first infusion in a few weeks. Hoping to hear back from the other folks that have recently started. Keeping our fingers crossed for all of us.

    Boise, ID

  17. I will receive my 2nd Entyvio infusion tomorrow. Had the 1st one 2 weeks ago. Next infusion in 4 weeks (following the recommended schedule of weeks 0, 2,6 and then every 8 weeks thereafter.) Doc advised that no change will be noticeable until after 3rd infusion at the earliest…….I’ll keep you posted!

  18. So many questions…

    I’m scheduled to receive the first infusion as soon as they get it in.

    Any side effects?
    What are your current symptoms?
    Did it take you long to get approval?
    What have you done prior to Entyvio?

    Thank you and best of luck with your treatment!

    1. I’ve had UC since 1982. Started on sulfasalazine and courses of prednisone for many years. Transitioned to Colazol around 1998 (?). Added 6 MP in 2006 which almost killed me. Did great for years on 6mp, but the sh@t hit the fan in 2012….turned out that my GI wasn’t monitoring labs closely enough for the 6mp. Destroyed my bone marrow and just about every other blood level possible. Platelets went off of the chart. Ended up in hospital for 3 weeks as a result. Within 36 hours, UC was the least of my probs. I developed blood clots and bleeding on my brain and behind sinuses. With blood thinners (prob for life) the clots and bleeding cleared up in about 2 months. In the process, one of my optic nerves got fried and caused double vision for 6 months. Started remicade mid 2012. A waste of time for me. Went on to methotrexate weekly injections for a few months and then Xeljanz & Uceris after that. Had decent success with Xeljanz and Uceris. Doc then added Tacrolimus to the Xeljanz/Uceris regimen. Hoping that Entyvio is the answer. Tapering Tacrolimus now. Will taper Uceris after tomorrow. Cutting Xeljanz doseage by 1/2 too. Wish me luck!

  19. Jeroen The Netherlands

    Hi there everyone, had my second infusion last thursday. 3rd one is 19th of August. Still lots of mucus blood (9 times a day) .. Ulcerative colitis….. Hopes this is gonna be our miracle drug guys… There’s nothing else left. Steroids, tnf alfa… Nothing works anymore.

    Keep you posted!!!

    Greetings from Holland


  20. Wow. I thought I had it rough with a one week hospital stay (allergic reaction to Imuran).

    Just got a call from my doctor’s office. The insurance company has rescinded their approval of Entyvio because I haven’t tried Remicade yet. Apparently, they feel I have to use every possible UC med before they’ll approve it.

    Yeah, I was pissed.

    1. I’d suggest having your doc appeal to the insurance company. All ins companies have a peer to peer review system. Good luck.

  21. He did that late yesterday, so now it’s under review (again). They aren’t very hopeful. I’m calling today and if nothing else happens, I’ll be able to voice my opinion.

  22. Just wanted to update everyone on my Entyvio progress. I had my 2nd infusion treatment last Wednesday July 23rd and my 3rd treatment will be on August 20th.

    My bloodwork before receiving my 2nd treatment showed elevated white blood cell count of 14.1 (up from 8.6 before the first treatment). My Doctor called me after the 2nd treatment to see how I as feeling because of the bloodwork and I told him a little low on energy but nothing out of the normal. Well the out of the normal happened about 2-3 hours after the call when I started feeling like the flu was hitting me (weakness was the first sign).

    Turns out that Upper Respiratory infection is pretty common side effect in the early stages. I ended up with a sore throat, some weakness for a couple days, and swollen glands (never any fever though) . Some other side effects that came on were pain in my knees that comes and goes and headaches. Important to note that I had to go back up on my prednisone to 15mg a day and I usually get headaches just from that so that is probably not Entyvio related or maybe even just a combination of both.

    The fact that I was on prednisone when starting only increased my chances for infection since it is an immunosuppressant. Anyway the sore throat slowly got better and now after about a week (with no antibiotics) I’d say it’s still slowly going away on it’s own. I’m not going to take antibiotics unless it gets worse and so far it’s only gotten better.

    As far as side effects go this isn’t too big of a deal I suppose. I will know when I get my bloodwork done again in a few weeks if everything is fine. The elevated white blood cell count was very likely due to the infection. If I notice any other side effects I will update again on this thread.

    For me I only seem to be getting better SLOWLY as each week passes. As I said in my last post I am on Prednisone and UCERIS as well. I have been on the UCERIS for 30 days now and the prednisone I will be tapering down to 12.5mg tomorrow. I was down to 7.5mg, but when you have been on it as long as I have you have to increase the dose when you get sick since my body isn’t making cortisol on it’s own yet. The dose was not increased due to anything with my colitis/crohns.

    Good luck to the others getting the treatment and I hope you don’t suffer the side effects like I did. But if you do just know that these are common side effects with the treatment: “Common side effects include common cold, headache, joint pain, nausea, fever, infections of the nose and throat, tiredness, cough, bronchitis, flu, back pain, rash, itching, sinus infection, throat pain, and pain in extremities.”

    As I said was at a greater risk for infection being on the prednisone since it is a strong immunosuppressant, but doc forgot to mention that to me before starting. All in all it’s not that big of a deal and more than worth it if I continue to get better and go into remission. As another poster said the biggest progress is usually seen after the 3rd treatment. I believe the prednisone and UCERIS helped my gut start healing some. Before starting UCERIS and Entyvio I was using the bathroom 9-10x a day with some blood/mucus and just straight “D”. Now I am rarely seeing “D” and soft stools are the norm with about 3-5 bowel movements a day. I am very happy with that progress but the urgency can still be a factor which I hope will go away as I continue to get better.

    As noted before I have Pancolitis (entire colon and rectum) later changed to crohns/colitis about 4-5 years ago due to a fistula in ano and signs of a stricture that isn’t bad at all (basically they don’t know or I just have both in large intestine). My prometheus lab work showed 92% Ulcerative Colitis.

    Hope this information helps!

    1. Larry,
      thanks or sharing your experience with this new drug. I have been using Remicade for 2 years, fairly unsuccessfully and I am thinking it might be time to change docs and was hoping to find out who your doc is at Penn, and how many people are receiving this drug now at Penn? thanks for any help you can offer.

  23. Jeroen Netherlands

    Hi there UC’ers,

    As i Told in my above post my stools were still 9 times a day (mucus blood diarrhea). Im in week 3 of vedolizumab infusion (getting the third the 19th of August) Since two days my stools are 4 to 5 times a day. (Still diarrhea and mucus but not that much anymore) Hope This progress continues.

    Keep you updated and post in a week!


  24. My 3rd infusion is scheduled for August 28. Hoping for some progress after that. My GI ordered up a stool test for me, Calprotectin, as she advised that it’s the best way to monitor the inflamation in IBD. I just dropped off my “samples” to the lab this AM. I’ll keep you posted! I am off of 1 drug, Tacrolimus. Will be tapering the Uceris after the 3rd infusion. Once off of Uceris, I’m supposed to cut my doseage of Xeljanz in half.

      1. Hi Joanne-

        Thanks for checking in. I am feeling okay, thanks. No major change yet, however, certainly not worse and really haven’t had any flares in quite a while. Haven’t had blood in well over a year. Loose stools are mostly the norm for me, unfortunately. Decreased frequency, which is good, however! At some point, we’ll be tapering my Uceris, Xeljanz and Tacrolimus. My next scope is on Dec 12. At that point, I’ll have been on the Entyvio for 5 months. I’ll keep you all posted.

    1. Are you still on the 10 mgs prednisone and LDN? Did you start out with 1.5 mgs and work your way up to 4.5 mgs? Please let me know how you are doing?



  25. Thank you for all of the updates on your infusions.
    I went to Mayo Clinic for a consult and they recommended Entyvio. My story is very similar to many who have posted on this thread…lots of meds, nothing works very long except prednisone. It has caused bone loss, eye problems, joint pain, low thyroid, etc. So , I think this is my last medication. My older brother had colon cancer and has been “bagged “for 17 years. He is encouraging me to have surgery to remove my colon and to get off the mediation train. He is concerned the meds are just killing me slowly.
    I am on the SCD, Mayo also mentioned FODMAP diet, probiotics ( SVL#3), exercise, a skin cancer check, and lots of immunizations ( due to Immuno- suppressant meds). So, I am meeting with a new GI this week and taking Mayo recommendations.
    BTW – I have a large 3 ring binder with all of my labs, CT scans, x-rays, meds, procedures, dvd’s, etc etc. As soon as I have anything done – I get a copy for my own records. I have dragged this with me to my trips the ER, 3 hospitalizations and every Doctors appt. It has saved me time and money, and stopped the medical people from doing / redoing a variety of tests.

    Please keep updating your experiences with Entyvio!!

  26. Hey Guys,

    I had my last loading dose 1 month ago. So my first maintenance dose is on Nov 14th When I got my first loading dose I was admitted to the hospital I was in such bad shape.

    They upped my Prednisone to 25 MG which killed the flare. I have been tapering down ever since and have not seen any blood at all. That is after 2 years of seeing blood daily. I am down to 10 Milligrams. I can’t say 100% yet obviously if it is mostly the prednisone or mostly the Entyvio. All I can say is there has been no return of symptoms while tapering (and believe me I have been on 10 MG of pred before and had symptoms – that is why I am excited.). On top of all that I really haven’t been very strict about my diet – which would definitely be a big No No in the past. I haven’t gone crazy (i still stay away from Salads and raw vegetables and Lactose), but for the most part I have eaten anything I want.

    I am crossing my fingers that this progress continues. It is really weird after being sick for so long to poop once a day and see no blood.

    Pray for me guys that it continues! – Thanks

    P.S. – other medications: 150 Milligrams of Imuran.

    1. Hi Chris, so you are getting the Entyvio infusions and you are also taking oral Imuran? Are they giving you prednisone with the infusions? I was told by my Dr. that my first infusion of Entyvio would include 40 mg of prednisone to reduce the possibility of a negative reaction to the Entyvio. This really worries me.
      I am currently on 25 mg of prednisone along with Azathioprine 150 mg. As far as colitis symptoms – I am “symptom free”, but the side effects are terrible. So, I am tapering off the prednisone and will have another scope Nov 4th to see what is going on ( they are now concerned I have both Crones and UC, along with CMV, and fighting off CDif).
      Part of me wants to chuck all the meds but after 30 days in the hospital and falling under 115 lbs I will do the scary meds for now. Part of me allowing another scope is to make sure I am a good candidate for surgery if needed.

      Please keep posting your experience with this med- I really appreciate what you are posting!

      1. Hi Joanne,

        I will be glad to keep posting. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

        To answer your questions I am taking oral Imuran. Three 50 MG pills a day. My doctor says 1 MG per pound so I am 150 pounds so 150 MGs. He said there was a chance that is wasn’t doing anything at all for my Colitis, but he recommends I take it because he thinks it will help keep the Entyvio effective over the long term. I trust him and this is a serious disease so I am not taking any chances.

        They are NOT giving me prednisone because of the infusions. I was in such rough shape leading up to my first infusion that they bumped up my prednisone to 25 MGs to kill the flare. But it had nothing to do with the infusion. I had very very minor joint pain the day of my first infusion. Absolutely no Entyvio side effects since that first day (even on the days I have gone for follow up infusions).

        Obviously there can be adverse reactions to any new drug you take. They monitored me very closely during the first infusion to make sure I did not have any. In fact the Nurse was scared to give me a new drug because I was so weak from constant flare ups. She was relieved to hear that I was being admitted that day (because the flare was so bad) so they could continue to monitor me throughout the night for any adverse reactions.

        I am sorry to hear you might have C-Diff and/or CMV. My doctor is continually monitoring my stools to make sure I do not have C-Diff as well (I have never heard him check for CMV but it could be something he is monitoring as well). Obviously the symptoms can be similar to my Colitis and we would not be able to tell if the Entyvio is working if I had it. As far as I have been told it is impossible to have both Colitis and Crohn’s. Crohn’s can be misdiagnosed as Colitis, but you either have one or the other.

        The side effects from Prednisone are horrible. Thats why I am trying to get off it as soon as I can. You are not alone in your suffering from that medication. It sucks!!!! I will take Imuran and Entyvio any day over prednisone. I do not have any noticeable side effects from them so far as I can tell. Long term I am going to have my doctor check my blood work to make sure it does not cause bone marrow suppression. However aside from that Imuran has shown to be fairly safe long term (especially at the level you and I are taking it at). Entyvio has no long term data on it besides the Gemini trials – but from what I have read about it I am comfortable with its safety profile.

        I have been tapering off the prednisone slowly (5MG at each infusion) because I have heard that Entyvio takes a while to kick in. My doctor says from here on out we go down by 1 MG of Prednisone a week. We will monitor it very closely. He said if you achieve remission at 10 MG or 9 MG or 8 MG etc… and you cannot go any lower without flaring then we will keep you at those levels long term. He says that body produces 5 to 8 MGs naturally so at those levels the side effects are a lot less severe. He obviously wants to get me off it completely but he said if we cannot then it is better then being in a flare or getting off Entyvio only to find the other options less effective.

        So how am I doing right now? Well all I can say is everyday that passes I say to myself: OK when are my symptoms going to return? This doesn’t make any sense at all. I should be flaring right now. But they haven’t returned. It is a strange feeling after being sick for so long. I really am knocking on wood and hoping it continues. My doctor says that I may never be at 100% but if we can keep me at 90% – 95% like I am right now then he can live with that – as can I!

        My stools right now are semi-formed. No Blood. 1 to 3 times daily – mostly in the morning. Sometimes a little urgency, but nothing I can’t hold long enough to get to a bathroom.

        Truly wishing you get better Joanne. I will keep posting for you. Please keep me in your prayers as well as I do not consider myself out of the woods yet =)


        1. Hi Chris,
          Thank you so much for the information and sharing all that you did. It seems that so far it is really working for you!!!
          I am keeping you in my prayers and in my hopes for wellness. I understand how you keep thinking that it may stop working. If our friends could see us craning our necks down towards the toilet water – they would be horrified. For us everyday w/o blood and formed stools is a miracle.
          Enjoy your health,

        2. Hi Chris,

          I wanted to check to see how you are feeling. I had my first loading dose of Entyvio today. I hope you are doing well.
          All the best,

          1. Hi Carissa!!

            I hope your first infusion went good. I know you were nervous about it. My first infusion I was in such bad shape I couldn’t wait for them to pump that stuff in me.

            I am still doing really good (1 stool a day in the morning). No Blood. I am down to 9 MG of Prednisone now.

            Sorry it has taken me so long before I got back to you but I wanted to be absolutely sure that a minor flare up I had passed before I responded.

            So like I mentioned I had a flare (About six stools over a 24 hour period w/ a very small amount of blood). The miracle part for me is that it went away as soon as I began watching my diet again. Like I mentioned in my previous post I do have trigger foods (Lactose, Starches, Raw Vegetables). Like I also mentioned I was eating whatever I wanted (for the most part) in whatever quantity I wanted since my first infusion. Diet has never been a cure for me, but I cannot deny that it plays a role in my UC.

            As soon as I had that flare I started eating my UC friendly foods again (Grape Juice, Meats, Lactose free dairy, certain nuts etc…). I was also very careful in the amount I ate and the way I ate. The flare was gone in 24 hours. I trying not to be too overconfident just yet, and I still cannot be 100% sure as to why I am in remission, but I almost cried when I saw that flare go away so quickly after being sick for so long.

            So if I could pass one bit of knowledge I gained on my journey with this new drug so far it is: Avoid your trigger foods if you have any.

            I continue to decrease my dosage of Prednisone. I start 8MG’s this Saturday.


          2. Hi Chris,

            Glad to hear you are doing better! My first dose wasn’t so bad. I am still at a high level of prednisone (50mg!) bc my flare has been so bad, but they will start slowly tapering me at my next infusion (11/11). I am really hoping this works and was actually relieved the moment the infusion started. I finally feel like I have something that may help me.

            I hope you continue to get better and will keep you posted on my progress. I know Entyvio is slow to work, but I hope and pray I see improvements. Especially bc I hate the prednisone! The side effects – moon face, mood swings, etc are horrible.
            All the best and I am so happy to hear about your progress!

  27. Hi. I am new here and wanted to see if anyone has experience with Enytvio and C diff. I was recently hospitalized for a severe colitis flare (a day before I was supposed to start Entyvio) and was diagnosed with C diff as well. I have been on a heavy dose of antibiotics (flagyl and vanco) and 50 mg of prednisone for the past 3 weeks. Yesterday my doctors retested for C diff and the results were negative, but I am still on antibiotics. They would like to start me on Entyvio Monday, along with keeping me on a low dose of vanco. I am really scared, as I’m not convinced the c diff is gone and also worry that there isn’t enough data on patients starting Entvyio with antibiotics and a recent C diff diagnosis. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Carissa,

      I have never had C-Diff, but here are my two cents.

      My Doctor half jokingly said not to travel overseas (obviously warning me against travelers diarrhea). He said he could not be sure about what would happen to me if I got some sort of gut bacteria while taking Entyvio (it being such a new drug and all).

      That being said I feel a little more confident knowing that the IBD trials were the largest trials for any IBD medication ever (or so I have read). Something like 2000 people over a course of 2 years. I have got to believe that at one point they encountered someone with C-Diff who was on antibiotics. At the very least I would hope they factored it into their analysis of the drug before releasing it. If they didn’t I would be highly disappointed in the review process – It is a gut targeted medication after all.


    2. Hi Carissa,
      I picked up CDif and CMV in the hospital and was given the same antibiotics as you. It was decided to keep me on prednisone and Azathioprine until I am done with the vencomycin and have another CDif test and a scope with biopsy to test for CMV. Mayo docotors told me that w/o a biopsy there is no way to know if the CMV is gone.

      If all is clear I will begin Entyvio.
      Thanks for posting!!

  28. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the response! I just met with my doctor and we are going to start my first dose on Monday. While a slight risk, he feels confident that with a low dose of antibiotics I will be fine and that the more important path right now is getting my colitis under control. We talked about remicade but given entyvio is so gut spefic, he believes it’s a better way to start. Here’s hoping!
    Hope you are doing better.

  29. Joanne,

    Thanks for the feedback! I feel for you. I tested negative for the CMV, but the C diff was positive. They have me on vanco and steroids right now, which seems to be doing very little. Of course, I am in the worse flare of my life, so maybe it is helping more than I think.

    As far as the C diff and the vanco, my doctors are testing again tomorrow for the c diff even though I am on the vanco. They believe that if it continues to be negative while on vanco, I can start the Entvyio. It certainly makes me nervous, but they claim I am in a catch 22 bc they need to move me to a biologic and want to do it as soon as possible. It doesn’t seem that they want to wait to get me off the vanco first for the c diff. Have your docs expressed concerns about being on vanco and entyvio at the same time??

    Thanks for responding. This is so hard to go through and helps when you know you aren’t alone.

    1. Carissa,

      I am getting the colonoscopy and biopsy Nov. 4th, then will meet with my doctor on Nov. 11th. On the 11th we will decide the course of treatment- which will include Entyvio. By that time I will be done with the Vancomycin and on only 10mg of Prednisone, 150 mg of Azathioprine. My concern is that he wants me on the Aza and Entyvio – but I do not want to do that . I am having lots of side effects which the doctor thinks is all due to the prednisone. I think the Aza contributes as well. I continue to use the SCD diet for 1 meal a day and drink Ensure Complete for 2 meals a day.
      The weird thing I am experiencing is cramping in my fingers and toes about 2 to 3 times per week.

      Is there a Spa for UC’ers where we can go have support, a cooking school to help us learn to cook the SCD way, Gluten free ( etc. ) , yoga and meditation ( etc). If someone has a place for this – I am going!

      How are you feeling??

      1. Hi Joanne,

        I am hanging in there. Still on a heavy dose of prednisone which is giving me terrible side effects as well. But my flare has been so bad, they won’t even think about tapering me until my second infusion in Entyvio on 11/11. And they will then start to taper the vanco for the c diff as well. Not ideal, but I had to get started with the Entyvio ASAP.
        I can say that I am seeing slow progress from where a was a month ago in the hospital – but unlikely due to the Entyvio and more likely the high dose of prednisone. But I still out of work and anticipate it will be a while. As I am sure you have experienced, a bad flare with c diff is a horrible combo so I just need to be patient.

        I totally agree about the Spa!! How nice would that be??? The next thing for me to tackle is the diet. I am on a low residue diet still but need to start focusing in getting more nutrients. My weight is super low (despite my round face and bloated belly from the prednisone). Keep me posted on your progress. I will let you know how the next infusion goes.
        Hang in there!!!

        1. Hi Carissa,

          Just checking in. I hope you are doing well!! I am still doing very good. I might even be slightly constipated! Remember to stay strict to whatever diet is easiest on your symptoms. Good luck with your second dose on Tuesday:)


          1. Hi Chris,

            Thanks for checking in and the advice on the diet. I had my 2nd infusion this morning and it was so easy. I was actually excited to get the medicine!

            Overall, I am slowly feeling better BUT I am still on the vanco for the c diff (they will taper me after my 3rd loading dose and pray it doesn’t come back) and I am just dropping to 40 mg of prednisone. So it is hard to say what is working. The next 4 – 8 weeks will be telling as I taper.

            I’m still out of work, which stinks. But I was so bad going in that I need the time to heal, get my strength and gain some weight.

            As far as diet, I appreciate the advice. I have cut out gluten (always makes me worse), lactose and raw veggies. I’m trying to figure out what other triggers I have. Process of elimination, of course. I find that sugar makes things worse – so that is something I am paying close attention to as well.

            How are you feeling? I hope better each day!

          1. Thanks Joanne! I’m definitely tired today, but nothing too bad. How are you doing? I believe you were going in this week for additional tests. Hope all is well. Keep me posted.

        2. Hi Carissa
          I had my scope and met with my GI this weel. They found “diverticuli”, inflamed rectum and illium. The Dr. said my colon was mostly healed. We discussed that Prednisone always stops my symptoms but a few weeks after I taper off the Prednisone my symptoms begin again ( 3 years of this). He wanted me to go back on Humira but I refused because it failed twice. He offered to put me in a research study of pig parasite eggs and although I have heard good outcomes with this procedure I declined because I might get the placebo and have all my symptoms come back. So I decided to start Entyvio (Vel.) and I am working to get my insurance to pay for it ( it will be approved – just need to get all the paperwork in order) . There is a Patient Assistance Program for this medication so I am applying for it ( I had P. Assistance for the Humira- only a $10 copay).
          I hope it all gets approved ASAP because I am down to 5mg of Prednisone daily and I am very concerned I will have another flare when I stop this med. I am still on Azathioprine 150mg daily and have asked to get off that once the Entyvio begins.
          I am experiencing fatigue, joint pain, sleeplessness and giant moon face! I am getting out and socializing, and even traveling a bit!
          I fall off my SCD about once a week! It is difficult when traveling and going to restaurants with friends. Any ideas about this?
          I do think the probiotics and SCD have truly helped my colon heal.

  30. I am so glad to have found this website. I have been feeling so alone for so many years. I do not have UC or Crohn’s but do have Eosinophilic Enterocolitis. It is very rare and my symptoms are so similar to many of yours. They tell me I am the only adult in the United States with this disease and few others in the world. They are wanting to start me on vedolizumab. I am quite nervous, but also scared not to try. I am down to 100 pounds of nothing and struggling to survive. Thank you to all of you who write and have offered me more hope than I have felt in three years. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Christi!

      Welcome to the website:) I read your comment about a week ago, but I have been so busy that I am just able to get back to you now. I had never heard of Eosinophilic Enterocolitis until you mentioned it in your comment. I can only say that I can soooo identify with what you are going through. When I was in the worst of my flares I could barely stand up without getting dizzy. It was like I was ninety years old. A 15 minute walk would leave me feeling exhausted. I would starve myself thinking that it would stop the bleeding but I would just continue to bleed out. I am so sorry that you are going through it. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about Entyvio. When do you get your first infusion?

      I know that we are all thinking of you and hoping you find some relief from your symptoms.


  31. Hey folks. So, had my third infusion last week, so that makes it 6 weeks on Entyvio. I have had a bleeding ulcer for almost 3 years and since the second day after my first infusion, I haven’t seen any blood. I got my first cold in 3 years, so I know the Entyvio has dropped the immune system down, but no more bleeding and a huge reduction in urgency is a huge blessing. I was allergic to all off the 5-ASA’s and was not comfortable with the remicade and Imuran side effects. So far, I’ve noticed a little less energey and little cuts from shaving or scratches on my arms and legs might take 50% longer to heal. The infusions are simple and I nap through most of them. Takada pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Entyvio and they have a copay assistance program that has worked amazingly. My GI here in Boise was part of the clinical trials and sent her folks to Seattle and Salt Lake City. She has said it’s not the cure, but the closest thing they’ve seen so far. Please let me know if I can also add to any of the great comments on here. Good luck to all.

    David from Boise

      1. Hi Joanne. So glad to hear that you’re getting this med. For 2.5 years I had a bleeding ulcer that wouldn’t heal. SCD, Steroids, 5-ASA’s, Probiotics, Natural Remedies. 2 Days after my very first treatment I stopped bleeding. It’s been a couple of months now, and I still haven’t seen any bleeding. This med did it for me. My Doc here in Boise was part of the Clinical trials in Seattle and Salt Lake. She said either the med works, or it doesn’t; no in between improvements. The only real side affect that I have noticed is a fairly suppressed immune system. I hadn’t been sick from a cold or flu in over 3 years, but have now been sick twice in the last month. Very high fever and chills for both, as the body is trying its hardest to kill anything that shows up. I will take this any day over the UC for sure!!! Hope your story is like so many of us that have seen major improvements. Eat your healthy greens and Vit C would be my major input here. Good luck and keep us posted.


        1. Hi David,
          I have started to bleed again so I was put on prednisone and suppositories. I hope it stops it. So far it has not slowed it down.

  32. I had my first infusion of Entyvio two days ago. No Prednisone was given with the infusion (nor any other medication). The nurses at the infusion center told me that there had been no negative side effects or reaction from any patient getting this infusion. I tapered off all Prednisone just 3 days ago. I am taking 150 mg of Azathioprine (Imuran), VSL#3, Vitamin B complex, fish oil, Ensure Complete ( as replacement for 1 -2 meals), and still using SCD 1-2 meals per day. I am experiencing leg pain and sore muscles. This could be due to stopping Prednisone or side effects of one or both meds.
    My GI wants to keep me on Aza for one year along with the Entyvio.
    I stopped having all symptoms of UC for the past month – but that is typical for me. The scope I had Nov. 4 showed some inflammation in 2 locations.
    I am hoping I continue to heal, and that this medication can stop any future flares.

    How is everyone else doing with the Entyvio infusions?

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Good to hear from you.

      I was glad to hear you had your first infusion without any side effects and that you haven’t had a flare for a month. I also love hearing you are off the prednisone. That is a big deal for anybody with this disease.

      I have been doing really well. I just tapered down to 4 mgs of Prednisone today. My stools are semi-formed now with little to no urgency to go – which if I remember from my pre Colitis days is normal for me.I am still taking 150 mg of Imuran like you. I also take 2 tablets of Lialda (mesalamine) daily. I used to take VSL#3 but my insurance did not cover it and I wasn’t noticing a difference so I discontinued taking it.

      Lately I have become scared I am going to screw up my remission by eating the wrong food so I do stay strict to my diet as best as possible. To help me with this my girlfriend now does all the food shopping :) It has helped me to realize just how much self pity and temptation the simple act of going to the food market generates for me. It is just not a safe place for people on restricted diets. As a side benefit she is a much better shopper than I am so we do save a lot of money;)

      Anyway I hope your progress continues and please continue to keep us updated,

      Take care,


    2. Hi Joanne, I am reading all your posts. Thanks for keeping this thread active. I want to say I am so sorry that you have not seen any relief yet. I don’t know what to say other than you are in my heart goes out to you. Hopefully its just a matter of waiting for the medication to take hold – I noticed it began working for me around the time of my third loading dose.

  33. Hey Guys,

    Just another quick update. I just got back from the doctor’s office today. He was very happy about my progress. He said the fact that I was able to get below 5 milligrams of prednisone without flaring again is an important step. He said your body produces 5 to 8 Milligrams of cortisol (Prednisone) naturally so the fact that I am below 5 means that my body has begun producing it on its own again. He said he has seen a lot of people have problems at this point in their tapering and the fact that I have not is a good sign.

    He really wanted to stress to me that Entyvio is not a cure and that I still have UC. He said a lot a young people will think that because they have not had symptoms for a while that they can stop their medications. He really wanted me to understand the importance of not getting in that mindset.

    He also said Entyvio is the only drug in its class right now so there are no other options (unlike an anti-tnf which has a few different options). Thats why he highly recommended I stay on the Imuran (which he thinks will help keep entyvio from losing its effectiveness long term). Which I am definitely going to do.

    All in all he said he could not make any predictions, but there is a good chance that this progress will continue over the long term. Crossing my fingers it does =)

    1. Hi Chris,
      I am so glad for you! It seems that the meds and diet are working quite well for you. I go for my 2nd infusion in two days. So far I have not noticed any blood , have formed stools, and I am only having BM’s in the morning. This is a big improvement.

      I am still quite tired and have some leg and joint pain. This could be from going off the prednisone.

      This is a shout out to all on Entyvio – please post and let us know how you are doing.

      1. Thanks Joanne.

        Still very scared of my symptoms coming back. It is like I have some sort of PTSD from it.

        The fear does serve as a good reminder however to really just enjoy everyday to its fullest.

        So glad to here you are noticing some improvements:)

        1. Glad to hear you are both improving! I had my third infusion today and am doing better. But, I am still at 25 mg of prednisone (very slow taper) and on the vanco for the c diff. I do find that the infusions make me really tired and achy. This afternoon, I also noticed some nausea but I am not sure if it is related to the infusion or just something else.

          Anyway, hoping the progress continues as they drop the antibiotics and taper the prednisone. I just don’t want the c diff back!

          Chris – you are so right about the diet. It makes a huge difference.
          Take care!

          1. Well, I got my second infusion of Entyvio on the 10th and began to see blood on the toilet tissue on the 12th. I spoke with my GI- we both thought it might be hemorrhoids ( I was hoping it was just that because I was having some rectal pain, no other pain or cramping). He offered me hydrocortisone suppositories or 20mg of prednisone. I took the suppositories.
            By the 14th I was really bleeding and started back on Prednisone 20mg. I am still seeing blood, but no pain or cramping. I hope the Prednisone will stop the bleeding. I am still on Azathioprine 150mg and trying to stay on the SCD diet.
            I am determined to get this under control.
            I am curious if anyone else has had any breakthrough bleeding and were able to get it stopped.

          1. Hi Joanne!

            I am doing well. It has been interesting. I have been able to get off prednisone without flaring up. I am currently in remission – but I am feeling a little “flarely” lately (more urgency, Softer stools, overall weakness).

            The reason being is I got ahead of myself. I have been doing so well that I started to feel like I could go out to restaurants and start eating normally again. What I found is I can get away with that maybe once a week. But as soon as I do that more I start to feel it.

            So its a learning process. For me at least the medicine sort of lulls you into a false sense of security. I will still go out to restaurants every now and then – but for the most part I have to be strict with myself.

            I saw that you had a previous post – sorry I did not respond. I am sorry to hear that you have not been able to get it under control. I would say that the change seemed to happen to me slowly. It happened differently only that I was able to get my symptoms under control with the prednisone. And so as I was getting my infusions I was in remission already. But I think a few weeks after my third infusion when I was low enough on the prednisone did I notice my symptoms beginning to improve.

        2. HI Chris,
          thank you for your post- it gives me hope that you continue to improve.

          I am working to stick to the SCD, it was difficult over the holidays when I was with family. I have found local restaurants that will work with me on appropriate food so I am able to go out with friends.

          I have had two iron infusions over the past 10 day because I was so depleted. I also had a DEXA (bone density) – my bone density has decreased.

          This past week has been better as I got back on my diet, and focused throughout my day to decrease my stress.

          I wish you continued health and healing,

  34. Today I will be getting the 4th infusion, i think. In the last decade+ experience, this is the medicine that is really giving some new hope and within few weeks, it is showing the real improvements. The nurse who came to my home for infusion also told me that she heard lot of good stories about this medicine. so try and see if this is right for you and be positive and i am sure in the next few decades, there will be something better than this and that is really what keeping me stay away from other options including surgery. The key thing i heard was – it just works on colon and not touch any other areas of the body including not screwing up the immune system.

    1. ram2,
      thank you for posting. it is good to learn about the expereince of others who are using Entyvio (Vedolizumab). It gives me hope.

      I am so glad you are doing well and I hope you continue to do so.

  35. I think by switching to this new medicine I may got into other issue. I used to have controlled ACNE on the Face mainly. In the past all these bio medicine ( like Humira) I think it used to start slowing down the inflammation anywhere in the body and indirectly helped the acne to stay calm. As soon as I moved to this new medicine, it is my understanding that it just only works in colon and not do anything with other body areas. If this true, I may have to opt for 2 medicines, one works just in colon and other for the entire body. The dermatology dr said it is again some kind of overactive immune system or some type of auto immune issue. If this the case, even getting rid of the colon will not help the severe ACNE. Believe me, I rarely care for the acne issue, but this Is very painful and bleeds like crazy that I was unable to just ignore.

  36. Just a quick update. I have had my 3rd infusion. I then needed an Iron infusion a week later and will need a second iron infusion next week.
    I am on Azathioprine ( Imuran) 150 mg, and Prednisone taper (2.5mg per week)- currently at 35 mg. I also take two VSL#3 caps daily, fish oil daily, B vitamins daily, Ensure 1 to 2 daily, vitamin C 500 mg daily.
    I feel exhausted, insomnia, painful shins, weakness and there is still some blood in the stool. I was told that it takes 10 to 16 weeks before it will be know if the medication is working. What has been your experience with this med?

  37. Hi there!
    I’m Kelly and I have had my first Entyvio infusion today. I am the first patient at my hospital to receive it and so I was a little nervous. So far, I just feel a little extra tired than usual and no other side effects so far. I have had UC for over 10 years with more flare-ups than remission time. My recent flare-up has been over a year with close to 20 bathroom trips and wil usually have an accident or two a day. Buying and wearing depends at age 38 was not something I envisioned myself doing at this age. My symptoms include bloody loose stool and severe pain when trying to pass a stool. I am on a strict diet and i still react within an hour to whatever I eat. It truly has dominated my life. My inflammation is so bad, my joints hurt and I am crawling by afternoon with a lack of enerfy. I have been on every med under the sun: Remicade, 6-mp, suppositories, enemas, prednisone, VSL#3, asocal and something else I cant remember. I truly hope the Entyvio works. I am scheduled to be “bagged” this coming June if the infusion doesn’t take. Fingers crossed!!

    1. Hi Kelly!

      Thanks for writing. Your story reminds me a lot about where I was before I got onto Entyvio. So obviously I am pulling for you because I know how hard it is to go through what you are going through. This drug has been giving a lot of people hope and I hope it works for you.

      Keep strong. don’t blame yourself if you mess up, and try your best to see the silver lining in the everyday =)

      I did not start to notice improvements until after my third starter dose. Fingers crossed for you Kelly!


  38. Hi All Who Are Trying This New Med –

    My son is up for his 4th infusion in two weeks and he has no improvement in his symptoms. Wondering if he should actually do the 4th infusion if he has not seen any improvements. At $2,000.00 an infusion wondering the chances of it doing anything.

    What do you think? He is taking nothing else as I know a lot of you are taking other meds too. He is doing well on his diet and believe me he’s tried them all SCD, GAPS, AIP and now he is doing what seems to be working for his body after numerous food sensitivity testing and elimination diets. No gluten, dairy or sugar and minimal fruit. If he does fruit makes sure to eat away from gluten free grains. Organic meats and a lot of organic vegetables, and fats that work for him.

    Got off on the diet…really want your input if you think there is a chance the 4th infusion will work, is it worth it if he hasn’t seen any change so far?



  39. I’ve done the diet, but my symptoms manifest in arthritis. My finger joints are fusing one by one, my hips and knees hurt and my ankles are bad. My knees, elbows and ankles have, at times, swollen to twice their normal size. I’ve been placed on Medrol, with all the wonderful side effects, which has helped.

    My physician and I both pushed hard for Entyvio, but the prescription was rescinded at the last minute. I went on Humira for two months, which did nothing. They then approached this as an arthritis issue and put me on Enbrel. Two months of that and nothing. My rheumotologist and gastro both are now pushing for Entyvio, since the arthritis stems from my gut issues. Calm the gut and the arthritis will go away. FYI – I have zero gut issues, at least not in the typical UC sense.

    Waiting now, which is the hardest part. In 6 months I have lost most of my muscle mass and feel horrible.

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