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Remicade And Bleeding
Had 3rd remicade (infliximab) infusion last friday for left-sided uc. Colon is still bleeding. When would I know if remicade (infliximab) is working or not?
See below.: You have essentially received the loading doses of remicade (infliximab). It may take 2 to 3 more infusions to truly settle down the uc and then hopefully bleeding will be decreased and hopefully stopped. Dosage may need to be altered to obtain better results and that will be based on your response and tolerability to the medication. ...Read more
Equal to other a-TNF: Overall, all a-tnf drugs are equal, but for some patients, one may work better than another, and for some conditions, such as uveitis, Remicade (infliximab) may work better, Remicade (infliximab) helps about 75% of patients, and has the advantage of being able to vary the dose, if a higher dose or more frequent dose is needed. Higher doses do have a higher infection risk. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not much: You just sit in an infusion chair for 2 hours. It is really an uneventful infusion. With subsequent infusions, these is a risk of infusion reactions. ...Read more
You will: You will an IV placed in your arm to receive therapy and you may receive some medications before you start like tylenol (acetaminophen). The Remicade will be admistered slowly. If you feel any unusual symptoms such as icthing, chest pain, etc, let your infusion nurse and they will probably slow rate down which helps. Typically you will in for about 3 to 4 hours. Hope that helps. ...Read more
No: If everything is healed there would be no additional risks. ...Read more
Remicade (infliximab): You can go out of town in developed countries(US),but would take a thermometer, for temperature.. if you do get ill, diarrhea, pains,fever,cough, during your trip seek attention within 24 hours at an urgent care/ER and always have your doctor's number with you when traveling. Immunosuppressed should best avoid swimming in lakes, oceans (oxymetazoline) (bacteria), dusty/desert areas(mold),sleeping on the ground ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am terrified about starting remicade (infliximab) because of the side effects, has anyone had good outcome?
Many people have: This drug is used long-term and has been very effective. We are always aware the side effects and we try to minimize them. We have to look at the risk of illness such as rheumatoid arthritis versus the benefit versus the risk of the medication. I will suggest let's try a short 3 to 6 months see how you do and then you decide if it's worth it. This will give you a short-term experience decide if you're willing to take the risks. ...Read more
What is the youngest child you have seen that has been on remicade (infliximab) for JRA ? Anything I should know before starting my child on it ?
Discuss with doctor: Remicade (infliximab) is approved drug forJRA in children, usually given in combination with other drug but can be given alone.This drug has some side effects .Seek consultation with hematologist and discuss about the advantages and side effects before your starting Remicade (infliximab) ...Read more
I'm in over 11 different medication including remicade (infliximab) and I'm trying everything to lose weight and nothing works. Can be the medication??
Usual medical food: advice (LFHC) drives fat storage, not loss: Study: all links in my answer: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6795867, go LCHF, weigh daily, 1st thing after arising & toilet, nothing on, with scale resolving to 0.1 lb & record daily. Immediately after weogjt. mentally review what & how much was eaten the previous day; you are seeing the result, day by day, to learn what works vs. does not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer