Compare Mercaptopurine vs. Remicade

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Purinethol
(mercaptopurine)

Remicade
(infliximab)

Coming soon.Calms down your immune system. Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.
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Best available price for 30 (50mg) tablets of mercaptopurine
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Best available price for 18 (100mg) vials of remicade
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Reviews for Remicade
76%
-76% worse vs. Mercaptopurine
62%
-62% worse vs. Mercaptopurine
15%
+15% better vs. Mercaptopurine
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Side effects
MercaptopurineRemicade

We haven’t found good data for Mercaptopurine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Mercaptopurine »
  • Infections 11%
  • Infusion reaction 13%
More Remicade side effects »
How it works
MercaptopurineRemicade
Coming soon.Remicade (Infliximab) is a biologic response modifier. It works in the immune system to block a protein called TNF (tumor necrosis factor). Blocking TNF relieves symptoms and prevents disease progression.
Type of medication
MercaptopurineRemicade
Prescription only
Available as
MercaptopurineRemicade
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Used for
MercaptopurineRemicade
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon.
    • History of heart failure
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 60 or older
    • History of malignancy
    Detailed Remicade (infliximab) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Weight
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    No weight related info.
    • Although rare, Remicade (Infliximab) can cause serious liver injury. You'll need to have your liver enzymes tested regularly. If liver enzymes are significantly elevated and you have appetite/weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, and notice dark urine, yellowing of skin/eyes, change in stool color, and skin rash you should stop treatment with Remicade (Infliximab) until you can be completely assessed,
    Upsides and benefits
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • Treats certain types of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions caused by an overactive immune system.
    • Remicade has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with millions of people who have used it.
    • Initial dosing to introduce Remicade to your body might be a hassle, but then you only need to take it every 6-8 weeks depending on your condition.
    Downsides and risks
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • You have to get every dose through an IV infusion at your doctor's office.
    • It's expensive because there's no generic available yet.
    • Remicade has a higher risk of serious infusion-related side effects during or after it's given since it's injected right into your veins. Your doctor can prescribe medication before your dose that may lower this risk.
    • Remicade lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
    • Not the best choice if you have heart failure.
    • Talk to your baby's doctor if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. When women in a study took Remicade (Infliximab), the medicine was found in their breast milk 2 to 3 days after each dose, and in the baby's blood 6 months after they were born.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • Remicade (Infliximab) is a medication that's given as an infusion at your doctor's office or clinic.
    • It's very important to read the patient Medication Guide when you first start using Remicade (Infliximab).
    • It's possible to get an allergic reaction to Remicade (Infliximab) either immediately during the treatment or a several days after stopping it. Your doctor can give you medicines that'll lower this risk.
    • You'll need to have a TB test before you start taking Remicade (Infliximab) and periodically during treatment.
    • Remicade (Infliximab) lowers your immune system's ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you notice a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms. Children seem to get more infections than adults, so keep a close eye on them.
    • If you have a young child, let their doctor know if you were on Remicade (Infliximab) while pregnant or nursing. It can increase their risk of infections for several months after your last dose and can delay their vaccine schedule.
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