Compare Mercaptopurine vs. Remicade

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

Purinethol
(mercaptopurine)

Remicade
(infliximab)

Coming soon.Calms down your immune system. Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.
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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 »
  • Upper airway infection 7%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Headache 4%
  • Sinus infection 6%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Coughinng 4%
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Rash 5%
More Remicade side effects »
How it works
MercaptopurineRemicade
Coming soon.Remicade (infliximab) blocks a protein in your immune system called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that causes inflammation.
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.
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 65 or older
    • Comorbidities
    • 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.

    Weight
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    No weight related info.
    • Although rare, Remicade (infliximab) can hurt your liver. If you have appetite/weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, or dark urine, talk to your doctor. If you have yellowing of skin/eyes, talk to your doctor right away.
    Upsides and benefits
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • 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 and risks
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MercaptopurineRemicade
    Coming soon
    • Remicade (infliximab) can in some cases cause a serious allergic reaction either immediately or several days after the treatment. Your doctor can give you medicines that will lower this risk.
    • Your doctor will test you for tuberculosis before taking Remicade (infliximab) and regularly 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.
    • You should not receive any live vaccines while taking Remicade (infliximab). Tell your doctor that you are taking Remicade (infliximab) before receiving any vaccines.
    • If you have any signs or new or worsening symptoms such as heart, neurological, or autoimmune conditions, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor about symptoms such as bruising or bleeding.
    Learn more
    More about MercaptopurineSide effectsFDA package insert
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