Compare Sulfasalazine vs. Remicade

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Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

Prescription only

Remicade (infliximab)

Prescription only
Reduces inflammation.

Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

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
  • When taken consistently, Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) can control your symptoms of ulcerative colitis and other bowel diseases.
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is usually used in combination with other medications to control rheumatoid arthritis.
  • 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
  • You need to have blood tests every 3 months when taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
  • Can't take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) if you are allergic to aspirin or sulfa medications.
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) shouldn't be used if you are breastfeeding.
  • 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
  • Extended release
  • Injection
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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 Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) 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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