Compare Imuran vs. Remicade

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Imuran (Azathioprine)

Prescription only

Remicade (infliximab)

Prescription only
Prevents organ rejection and relieves joint pain and inflammation.

Imuran (Azathioprine) is an effective medication for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and transplant rejection, but comes with a heavy list of side effects.

Calms down your immune system.

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

4.0/ 5 average rating with 55 reviewsforRemicade
Upsides
  • Imuran (Azathioprine) has proven to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Imuran (Azathioprine) decreases the pain, stiffness, and swelling that most people have with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You can still get vaccinated for the flu while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
  • Drinking alcohol is okay while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
  • Most side effects are temporary.
  • 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
  • If you take Imuran (Azathioprine) for rheumatoid arthritis, you'll likely need to take additional medications to control your symptoms.
  • While taking Imuran (Azathioprine), you will have to get your blood tested once a week for the first month, every other week for the second and third month, and once every month after that.
  • Along with other side effects, your hair may begin to change color or fall out when you first start taking Imuran (Azathioprine), but this is usually temporary.
  • You'll likely have to take additional medications, like methotrexate to keep your rheumatoid arthritis in remission.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
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55 reviews so far
76%
saidit'sworth it
62%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Infections
    20%
  • Leukopenia <2500 cells/mm3
    16%
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The Remicade (infliximab) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Cancer
  • Decreased blood cells
  • Increased risk for infection
  • Harm to fetus
    • Sexually active men and women
    • Pregnant women
    • Child-bearing women
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  • Serious infections
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 65 or older
    • Comorbidities
  • Cancer
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • History of malignancy
  • Heart failure
    • History of heart failure
    • Receiving higher doses
  • Nervous system effects
    • History of nerve problems
  • Lower blood cell counts
    • Ongoing or history of blood problems
  • Liver injury
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