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Remicade Infusion Common Cold
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
Switch.: Remicade (infliximab) blocks the tnf-a receptor. Drugs like Humira an Enbrel are antibodies to tnf-a. I recommend switching to one of these ( i favour humira), since they work differently. Humira is the only one of the 3 that is fully human. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Fine: A very high percentage of patients i treat with Remicade do fine during the infusions and after. If we do get complaints from patients the day after a Remicade infusion they include headache usually controlled with tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) fatigue which may last a day or two. Rarely fever may occur again treated with tylenol (acetaminophen). Everyone is different so if something does not feel right, talk with the medical office. ...Read more
Had first remicade (infliximab) infusion for severe left sided uc.How long before I see any benefit?
Can be soon or take: Can occur within weeks to several months. Many patients will need an increased dose, if only modest benefit is see. Discuss this with the dr. That inniated rx, or that plans to! ...Read more
How come i get so tired and week after my remicade (infliximab) infusion? I also feel kinda sick. What is my body doing to cause this?
Your body is working: This is entirely normal after a Remicade (infliximab) infusion. The Remicade (infliximab) is an antibody and it's job is to go around and help destroy things in your body you don't want there. It's similar to what your body does when you have a virus and how that makes you feel sick as well - it means your immune system is working! ...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
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 more
What are other biologic infusions to treat JA besides remicade (infliximab)? After failing remicade (infliximab) what are other options?
Several: There are several alternative biologics include other TNF agents, Orencis, Rituxan and Actemra (tocilizumab). You need to discuss this issue with your own rheumatologist. ...Read more
Is it necessary to take azathiroprine while taking remicade (infliximab) infusions?? What do the two drugs do to help you? Or help each other.
It depends: Azathioprine can reduce the rish of infusion reactions to Remicade (infliximab) and can inhibit the production of antibodies to Remicade (infliximab) that can compromise its effectiveness. However, it is not absolutely essential to take it while on Remicade (infliximab). ...Read more
When is the patent run out on remicade (infliximab) @ $28, 000 for 6 infusions is obsene. Is there a way to get it pro-bono from the maker?
POSSIBLY YES: Centocor which makes Remicade (infliximab) does have an assistance program. Please see the Remicade (infliximab) website. Also, there are organizations such as patient advocate association which offer grants to patients that are in need of assitance. Talk with your rheumatologist's office. ...Read more
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
Have any Crohn's disease patients out there had side effects after a remicade (infliximab) infusion?
Yes: There are both immediate and delayed infusion reactions. Best to make your GI aware. ...Read more
I am on warfarin and getting remicade (infliximab) infusions every 6 weeks. How will the remicade (infliximab) affect my inr?
7yr and 69pds on remicade (infliximab) dose of 11mg per kg nurse at infusion clinic said this was high for child's age and weight is this true? Normal dose?
Ok: It is higher than the usual dose but within the range, especially if there has been a decrease in the response to the medicine ...Read more
Missed fourth infusion of remicade (infliximab) for uc by 2 weeks. Waiting for perirectal abscess to heal. Can I postpone infusion by another week?
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
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
Have a positive ANA, 1:160, homogeneous. I have Crohns's and used to get Remicade (infliximab) infusions. Can this cause positive ANA or is something else going on?
Been on remicade (infliximab) for 2 years experiencing extreme joint pain when getting close to my next infusion. Help what is this ?!?'
Talk to rheumatology: Your dosing may be an issue; however, beyond that, there may be another or new reason for the joint pain. This could range from a localized issue or something more systemic. You need to talk to your rheumatologist about this and take note prior to going in when you have your symptoms. ...Read more
Last 3 remicade infusion-reactions. Nurse told me about salumedrol but Dr.never mentioned it-Why? Take benadryl (diphenhydramine) now.remicade for Psa.
Remicade (infliximab) infusion: reactions. You may want to discuss with your doctor his/her logic of not giving pre medications for possible infusion reactions. Some doctors wouldn't, so as not to mask initial signs of a more severe reaction that might ensue, at times simple reactions can be dealt with using antihistamines. Another reason for not using steroids with remicade, (infliximab) is not to suppress immunity further. Best wishes ...Read more
Had 3 remicade (infliximab) infusions for uc so far. Feel very tired most of the day and can't eat well due to nausea. Is it due to remicade (infliximab) side effects?
Possibly: Remicade (infliximab) is a potent medication and certainly capable of producing those side effects. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000267/. ...Read more
Diagnosed with uc. Had 3 remicade (infliximab) infusions so far. Developed peri-rectal abscess.Is this because I had chron's all along or side effect of remicade (infliximab)?
Hard to say: But could be related to either, see our GI doctor and discuss. ...Read more
See details: There is only one Remicade (infliximab). You do not have a choice. ...Read more