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On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies? Should I do anything or be concerned?

On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies?  Should I do anything or be concerned?

Observation: Remicade (infliximab) can have some immune suppressing properties and your physicians might have a lower threshold for treating infections. Let them know of any symptoms that might be due to infection so they can initiate antibiotic treatment appropriately. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Last labs showed high iron saturation at 55%, normal total iron, and normal iron binding capacity. Low wbc. Should I be concerned about these? Currently on plaquenil, sulfasalazine, and Remicade (infliximab) infusions for Lupus/RA.

Last labs showed high iron saturation at 55%, normal total iron, and normal iron binding capacity. Low wbc. Should I be concerned about these? Currently on plaquenil, sulfasalazine, and Remicade (infliximab) infusions for Lupus/RA.

How low?: It depends on how low the WBC is and whether this has been a persistent findings. You will need to find out the cause for the low WBC which may be the result of a drug reaction or just part of the Lupus/RA. The major risk is increased susceptibility to infections when the WBC is very low. Talk to your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Methotrexate injections and pills didn't work for scleritis and was wondering if remicade (infliximab) is good medicine for the scletitis?

Methotrexate injections and pills didn't work for scleritis and was wondering if remicade (infliximab) is good medicine for the scletitis?

Resistant scleritis: Initial therapy always requires systemic nsaids, glucocorticoids, or other immunosuppressives (rituximab & cyclophosphamide). Cyclosporine & mycophenolate may also work. Azathioprine or mtx may be most beneficial for maintenance. Tnf Alpha inhibitors (eg infliximab) may be effective in resistant disease. Scleritis should ideally be managed by ophthalmologist+rheumatologist experts. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have facet injections while on remicade (infliximab)?

Is it safe to have facet injections while on remicade (infliximab)?

Probably: You are at an increased risk of infection overall while on remicade (infliximab). Using a strict sterile technique and wearing a surgical mask as a doctor can decrease this risk substantially but it will not be 0. Talk to your pain physician about it. ...Read more

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How well did remicade (infliximab) work for your patients?

How well did remicade (infliximab) work for your patients?

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

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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??

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 more

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How does remicade (infliximab) work to inhibit tnf or slow production?

How does remicade (infliximab) work to inhibit tnf or slow production?

Antibody: Remicade (infliximab) is a monoclonal antibody that blocks the action of tnf. For more info see this site: http://www.Fda.Gov/downloads/drugs/drugsafety/ucm089023.Pdf. ...Read more

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I am a patient of ankylosing spondlitis. I took remicade injection (infliximab). Anything else?

I am a patient of ankylosing spondlitis. I took remicade injection (infliximab). Anything else?

Yes: Humira, enbrel, simponi (golimumab) have all been approved for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. It is very common for a patient to fail one medication and do well on another. However, i would give any medication a minimum three month trial before declaring it a failure. ...Read more

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If a child on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab) gets a abcescss/MRSA do they need to be admitted or in some cases will oral antibiotics work?

If a child on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab) gets a abcescss/MRSA do they need to be admitted or in some cases will oral antibiotics work?

Depends. : Depends on the examining doctor who is taking care of his medications. As u may have been explained Remicade ( infliximab) may allow infections to become life threatening. If IV antibiotics are contemplated they can be administered at home with an indwelling peripheral vein catheter and nurse home visits. Sometimes just drainage of abscess is all that may be required. Close follow up is key. ...Read more

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