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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What should I know and expect before my first remicade (infliximab) infusion?

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.

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After 5 remicade (infliximab) infusions im having more side effects?

After 5 remicade (infliximab) infusions im having more side effects?

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.

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Getting remicade (infliximab) infusions; what were your side effects?

Getting remicade (infliximab) infusions; what were your side effects?

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.

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I'm starting remicade (infliximab) infusions for psoriasis, how will I feel after it?

I'm starting remicade (infliximab) infusions for psoriasis, how will I feel after it?

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.

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Had first remicade (infliximab) infusion for severe left sided uc. How long before I see any benefit?

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!

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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!

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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.

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What is remicade (infliximab) infusions? What's in it?

See below: It is a tnf inhibitor agent that is used to treat a variety of autoimmune diseases including the ulcerative colitis that you report as having.

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What to know and expect before my first remicade (infliximab) infusion friday?

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.

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Would it be ok going out of state day after having 2nd remicade (infliximab) infusion?

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

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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.

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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).

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Remicade (infliximab) infusion make you lose your hair?

See below: It is is possible but the Imuran (azathioprine) and if you are on Prednisone that could be a contributing factor as well.

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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.

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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

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I am on warfarin and getting remicade (infliximab) infusions every 6 weeks. How will the remicade (infliximab) affect my inr?

I am on warfarin and getting remicade (infliximab) infusions every 6 weeks. How will the remicade (infliximab) affect my inr?

May lower it: Remicade (infliximab) might cause the warfarin to be less effective. The inr might decrease during therapy. Remicade (infliximab) alters liver function which in turn changes your response to the warfarin.

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