Remicade

(infliximab)

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Calms down your immune system.

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Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.

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Quick facts about Remicade
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Remicade (infliximab) blocks a protein in your immune system called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that causes inflammation.

Quick facts about Remicade
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
People’s experience with Remicade

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

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  • Abdominal pain
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Side effect rates for Remicade (infliximab)

From 103 clinical trials of Remicade when taken for crohn's disease (pediatrics)
  • Anemia
    11%11%
  • Low white blood cell count
    9%9%
  • Flushing
    9%9%
  • Viral infection
    8%8%
  • Bone fracture
    7%7%
  • Bacterial infection
    6%6%
  • Allergic reaction
    6%6%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Remicade.

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Risks and Warnings for Remicade (infliximab)

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    • 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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Remicade (infliximab) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats ankylosing spondylitis.

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This medication treats ankylosing spondylitis.

Common concerns from people taking Remicade (infliximab)

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Price
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Remicadeon 7/9/2016Make sure you set up Remistart To save on the high cost.
    59
    Man
    Ulcerative colitis (moderate to severe)
Pain
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Remicadeon 1/25/2017When 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.
    30
    Man
    Crohn's disease (fistulizing)
Sleep
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Remicadeon 1/19/2017You'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)
    32
    Woman
    Crohn's disease (moderate to severe)
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Remicadeon 4/14/2017I am very tired after infusions. I don't plan anything on infusion days.
    47
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Crohn's disease (fistulizing)
Weight
  • 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.