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What medicine is better remicade (infliximab) infusions or humira?

What medicine is better remicade (infliximab) infusions or humira?

It depends: Medication is not working for everyone. Your doctor will decide which one is appropriated for your condition. It depends on your insurance formulary status, side effect , efficacy and drug-drug interaction with other medication, etc. ...Read more

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On remicade (infliximab) for uc. Max dose every 5 weeks.Disease flareup after 3 weeks since infusion.Gi advises switch over to humira. Any recommendations?

Reasonable: Switching to another tnf agent may lead to better disease control so it is worth a try. It is not, however, certain that the switch will provide additional benefit. ...Read more

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Is there a diet that can eliminate the need for humira/remicade in Crohn's disease patients?

Is there a diet that can eliminate the need for humira/remicade in Crohn's disease patients?

Mayby: There was one japanese study that suggested a plant based diet decreased the relapse rate of crohn's in remission. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2877178/pdf/wjg-16-2484.pdf unfortunately no pharma money is there to fund a f/u study. - for obvious reasons. If it was me, i'd try the veggie diet for 6 to 12 months. ...Read more

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Gi suggested colonoscopy to check colon condition before switching from remicade (infliximab) to humira. Treated for uc. Had colonoscopy 2 yrs ago. Is this needed?

See details: Why the switch from Remicade (infliximab) to humira? Are you having any symptoms at present? The answers to these questions determine if colonoscopy is really needed at this time. ...Read more

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Child has JRA failed enbrel and had side effects from it so dr gave choice humira or remicade (infliximab) Which is better ? I'm confused snd do know what to do!

Child has JRA failed enbrel and had side effects from it so dr gave choice humira or remicade (infliximab)   Which is better ? I'm confused snd do know what to do!

TNF Inhibitors: All of the medications offered to your child work in similar ways the difference is how the meds are given. Humira (adalimumab) is an injection that can be done at home every two weeks, while remicaide is an IV medication that must be done in an infusion unit or hospital. These medication have similar side effects and benefits. My advice is try the medication that is least disruptive to your lifestyle. ...Read more

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Do you think humira or remicade (infliximab) will ever come into the reach of poor people after their patent expire in 2016?

Maybe: Nextel, Remicade (infliximab) and Humira will be generic but it usually takes a couple of years and they will still be costlier than most generics because of manufacturing costs. But they are great drugs that alter disease not just symptoms. ...Read more

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Humira losing its effectiveness with RA. Unable to tolerate MTX or Plaquenil. Any Rheumotologists think Remicade (infliximab) would be a good option?

Humira losing its effectiveness with RA. Unable to tolerate MTX or Plaquenil. Any Rheumotologists think Remicade (infliximab) would be a good option?

Can't hurt to try: I'm a family doctor, not a rheumatologist, but I do have RA patients who are on Remicaid who are responding very well with it. I don't know what that's worth to you, but I thought I would share. I think it's being used a lot more and does have FDA indication for RA. ...Read more

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For 10 yrs I've been on 6mp for Ulcerative Colitis with ups and downs. How should I decide between 6mp, Entyvio, and Remicade/Humira moving forward?

For 10 yrs I've been on 6mp for Ulcerative Colitis with ups and downs. How should I decide between 6mp, Entyvio, and Remicade/Humira moving forward?

Ulcerative Colitis: By visiting a gastroenterology clinic that you feel takes excellent care of your UC, keeps you informed of any changes needed, makes you feel like you are important, and calls you back within 12-24 hours of a phone call to their office. Finding the right doctor(s) for your condition is essential. Excellent doctors can also provide excellent insight into which medication(s) would work best for you. ...Read more

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Psoriasis+psor. Arthritis..Methotrexate 15mg for 2 mos. Already+humira weekly..Dr say stelera no good for arthr...Says remicade (infliximab) or enbrel maybe..Ok?

Nod to others:: Humira is a tnfa antibody, and is similar to envbrel. Remicade (infliximab) is an antibody to the tnfa receptor, so it works differently. But i would have tried you on leflunomide, and oral drug, before starting biologics. ...Read more

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For medium-active Crohn's disease, is remicade (infliximab) better off as the first line of treatment than methotrexate? Azoran has been ruled out.

For medium-active Crohn's disease, is remicade (infliximab) better off as the first line of treatment than methotrexate? Azoran has been ruled out.

See details: Often the combination of both is the most effective therapy. Often Methotrexate is tried first because it is easier to administer, is much less expensive and can be effective as a single agent. However, for severe disease i would opt for Remicade (infliximab) either alone or in combination as the first choice. ...Read more

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After my last remicade (infliximab) treatment for my colitis, i saw a little blood then brown in my urine. After a few hours, it was gone. What happened?

After my last remicade (infliximab) treatment for my colitis, i saw  a little blood then brown in my urine. After a few hours, it was gone.  What happened?

Not sure: Bloody urine may come from anything in the urinary tract. Cysts, inflammation, and cancer are possibilities.You should probably have this checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the treatment different for Crohn's compared to uc? Initially diagnosed as uc, but may be crohn's. On remicade (infliximab) and sulfasalizine (3 mg /day).

Is the treatment different for Crohn's compared to uc? Initially diagnosed as uc, but may be crohn's.  On remicade (infliximab) and sulfasalizine (3 mg /day).

Not really: Both use the same medications. Uc has a higher risk of colon cancer down the road and can be helped with surgery where crohn's cannot. (also look into chinese medicine and acupuncture as adjunctive therapies. ). ...Read more

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On the 7th morning of my tonsillectomy recovery im getting my remicade (infliximab) treatment, will the recovery get harder?

On the 7th morning of my tonsillectomy recovery im getting my remicade (infliximab) treatment, will the recovery get harder?

Infliximab & Tonsils: At 7 days you are probably about to turn the corner in your recovery. Not sure why you are on infliximab, but b/c it is an immunosuppressant, you should make sure that your ENT & your primary doctor are collaborating on the timing of this. More frequent follow up may be warranted during recovery on a med like this. At facevalue prob won't make recovery any "harder" barring set-backs u would notice. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm currently undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease which consists of remicade (infliximab) infusions.?

What do you advise if I'm currently undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease which consists of remicade (infliximab) infusions.?

More information: We need more information. Remicade (infliximab) is an excellent drug for some patients with crohns but not for everyone. It is hard to give medication advice on this site because there are so many decisions that go in to deciding the appropriate medication. Trust your GI doctor--or if you don't, find one that you do ...Read more

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I am suffering from colitis and psoriasis.What treatment should I follow.What about remicade (infliximab).Is there any permanent cure to this.My son will also have?

I am suffering from colitis and psoriasis.What treatment should I follow.What about remicade (infliximab).Is there any permanent cure to this.My son will also have?

For psoriasis,: Mutations in any of ~ 14 known genes confer susceptibility, with symptoms triggered by environmental factors, like streptococcal infections & stress. If you'e the only affected family member, your son's estimated risk is ~8-23%. If you're the only one with uc, his risk is ~ 15 x higher than the general population's. Genetic mutations in many different areas have been found in uc. ...Read more

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For ankylosing spondylitis, how effective is remicade (infliximab) treatment?

For ankylosing spondylitis, how effective is remicade (infliximab) treatment?

It can be very : Effective with the use of this medication as this disease is an autoimmune one. However, one has to balance the risks and benefits of the use of this medication with other alternative treatments and the severity of the disease as well as any pre-existing other medical issues that may preclude its use. ...Read more

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