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Flare of arthritis: If you stop your remicade, (infliximab) you will be at significant risk for a bad flare of your arthritis. You should only stop arthritis medication on the explicit advice of your rheumatologist. Sometimes in the case of an active infection or prior to surgery you may need to stop your Remicade (infliximab) for a short while but this should only be done after discussing with your rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I may be starting remicade (infliximab) treatment in few weeks for severe left sided ulcerative colitis. Can I use predinosone for temp relief?
Not on your own: Ulcerative colitis is a serious medical condition that need to be under constant medical supervision to achieve prolonged periods of remissions, and prevent complications like bleeding , colitis, perforations , systemic diseases and malignancy , if your physician prescribes predinosone (steroids) you should take. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Advised to use remicade (infliximab) for my leftsided colitis. Afraid of drug’s side effects. Do benefits outweigh risks like serious infection & lymphoma?
Probably Not: There is not much data supporting the safety of Remicade (infliximab) use during pregnancy. There are concerns about immunosupression and possibly congenital malformations of the baby. Fortunately some autoimmune diseases such as RA become less active during pregnancy and often do not require medications during pregnancy. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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