Prescription onlyClass: Autoimmune

Remicade 

(infliximab)

Prescription onlyClass: Autoimmune
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Calms down your immune system.

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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Remicade (infliximab) for Rheumatoid arthritis

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Side effect rates for Remicade (infliximab)

  • Infections
  • Infusion reaction

Risks and Warnings for Remicade (infliximab)

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  • Remicade (Infliximab) has been reported to cause hypersensitivity reactions (severe rash, trouble breathing) and angioedema (life-threatening condition with swelling with or without hives). If you notice these symptoms after your dose or days later, call your doctor and get medical care right away.

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Common concerns from people taking Remicade (infliximab)

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Pregnancy
Price
  • Make sure you set up Remistart To save on the high cost.
Pain
  • Remicade changed my life. Before I started it, I was in constant pain and had a difficult time getting out of a chair or turning over in bed. Now I have only minor pain and live a full and happy life.
  • When i star taking Remicade 6 weeks back i didn't feel any pain in my bowel, but now im feeling pain if my bowel and the food take long time to pass through.
Sleep
  • You'll probably sleep during the infusion but bring a book or magazine just incase. I get really itchy after so I take Benadryl for a few days after too (they also provide it before the infusion)
Weight
  • 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,