Remicade: Uses & Side Effects

Remicade is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis. It reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation.

Remicade is also used to treat severe or disabling plaque psoriasis. Infliximab is often used when other medicines have not been effective.

Important Information

You should not use Remicade if you are allergic to infliximab, or if you are also being treated with anakinra (Kineret) or abatacept (Orencia).

Using Remicade may increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including a rare fast-growing type of lymphoma that can be fatal. Ask your doctor about your specific risk.

Remicade affects your immune system. You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections. Call your doctor if you have a fever, tiredness, flu symptoms, cough, or skin pain.

Before Taking This Medicine

Tell your doctor if you have ever had tuberculosis, or anyone in your household has tuberculosis. Also tell your doctor if you have recently traveled. Tuberculosis and some fungal infections are more common in certain parts of the world, and you may have been exposed during travel.

Make sure your child is current on all vaccines before he or she starts treatment with Remicade.

Remicade may cause a rare type of lymphoma (cancer) of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow that can be fatal. This has occurred mainly in teenagers and young men with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. However, anyone with an inflammatory autoimmune disorder may have a higher risk of lymphoma. Talk with your doctor about your own risk.

If you use infliximab while you are pregnant, make sure any doctor caring for your new baby knows that you used the medicine during pregnancy.

Remicade Side Effects

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, itchy or tingly, short of breath, or have a headache, fever, chills, muscle or joint pain, pain or tightness in your throat, chest pain, or trouble swallowing during the injection. Infusion reactions may also occur within 1 or 2 hours after injection.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Remicade: hives; chest pain, difficult breathing; fever, chills, severe dizziness; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with Remicade. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, extreme tiredness, flu symptoms, cough, or skin symptoms (pain, warmth, or redness).

Common Remicade side effects may include:

  • Stuffy nose, sinus pain
  • Fever, chills, sore throat
  • Cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
  • Headache, feeling light-headed
  • Rash, itching
  • Stomach pain

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