Compare Cyclosporine vs. Remicade

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Neoral (Cyclosporine)

Remicade (infliximab)

Prescription only
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Calms down your immune system.

Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 55 reviewsforRemicade
Upsides
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  • People taking Remicade (infliximab) for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had more clinical response, clinical remission and symptom improvement compared to people who did not take Remicade (infliximab).
  • People who were also taking steroids for treatment were able to discontinue steroid use while taking Remicade (infliximab).
  • Remicade (infliximab) has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with many people who have used it.
  • After the initial dosing, you only need to take Remicade (infliximab) every 6-8 weeks, depending on your condition.
  • Compared to other medications used to treat autoimmune conditions, Remicade (infliximab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Downsides
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  • You have to receive this medication at your doctor's office or clinic. You might need to be tested regularly for tuberculosis.
  • Remicade (infliximab) lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, or have a history of diabetes or tuberculosis.
  • Remicade (infliximab) can in some cases worsen symptoms of heart failure or neurologic conditions. People 65 years and older may have more side effects from this medication.
  • In rare cases, Remicade (infliximab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
  • No generic available, so it can be costly.
Used for
  • Cardiac transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Liver transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Plaque psoriasis (Severe)
  • Recalcitrant
  • In nonimmunocompromised patients Renal transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Rheumatoid arthritis (Severe)
  • With inadequate response to methotrexate
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
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55 
76%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Neoral (Cyclosporine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Remicade (infliximab) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Cancer

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart failure

    History of heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Nervous system effects

    History of nerve problems

  • Lower blood cell counts

    Ongoing or history of blood problems

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