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A 54-year-old male asked:

Advised to use remicade (infliximab) for my leftsided colitis. afraid of drugs side effects. do benefits outweigh risks like serious infection & lymphoma?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Case by case see MD: Effective drug. Depends on severity of disease, response to other meds, etc. See your doc.
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
More often benefits: Outweigh risks. Many times risks depend on other conditions you have such as diabetes, COPD which includes chronic infections, bad kidneys and other supprussive meds you take. With that said, infection can still occur even in otherwise good health. Lymphoma slightly less of concern. I have seen much more benefit with drug then side effects.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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