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Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.
- 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.
- 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.
Remicade (infliximab) blocks a protein in your immune system called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that causes inflammation.
What to expect when you take Remicade (infliximab) for Rheumatoid arthritisSkip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Side effect rates for Remicade (infliximab)
Risks and Warnings for Remicade (infliximab)Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
- Higher risk if:
- › Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
- › Age 65 or older
- › Comorbidities
Remicade (infliximab) can increase your risk of serious or life-threatening infections. In some cases, infections can be reactivated in your body like tuberculosis or hepatitis B virus. You may need to take medicine for tuberculosis before you can begin taking Remicade (infliximab). If you notice cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, feel very tired, or you notice dark urine, change in stool color, yellowing of skin/eyes, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach discomfort, or skin rash, tell your doctor and get medical care right away. Live vaccines are not recommended with Remicade (infliximab) - talk to your doctor before receiving any vaccines.
This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.
Common concerns from people taking Remicade (infliximab)Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
- Make sure you set up Remistart To save on the high cost.
- 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.
- 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)
- I am very tired after infusions. I don't plan anything on infusion days.
- 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.