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A 42-year-old member asked:

Getting remicade (infliximab) infusions; what were your side effects?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Various: Remicade (infliximab) is an anti-tumor necrosis factor monoclonal antibody. It can interfer with the activity of rheumatoid arthritis and crohn's and help patients. It does suppress the immune protection of the body and there are a long list of side effects: the most common is infusion reactions and increased risk of infections. We monitor you for these and others.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
As Dr Goldman stated: Were the side effects not explained to you in detail before starting this med? If so, that is a serious omission by the doctor.

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Dr. John Goldman
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It has side effects: All medicines have side effects. You have to decide if the benefit you will get from it is worth the risk. The risks are well detailed in the package insert. We can't sugarcoat it but we carefully monitor and we try to avoid the side effects. I often recommend a short three month to six-month course to see if the benefit you get is worth the risk.
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Dr. John Goldman
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Last updated Jun 17, 2016


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