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Posted by beatle on November 18, 1999 at 22:12:12:

In Reply to: Remecade posted by Wendy on November 17, 1999 at 01:52:52:

: I suffer from RA in my knees and elbows mainly and recently was told by a friend that they heard of a drug called Remecade (?) as a medication to help. Has anyone out there heard of it or been prescribed it? I loved to know whatever I can find out.


What does infliximab injection do?
INFLIXIMAB (Remicade®) is used to help relieve the symptoms of Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis. It may take two to
four weeks from the time of the initial injection before the full benefit of infliximab is seen. Generic infliximab injections are not
yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive infliximab?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•depressed immune function
•infection
•an unusual or allergic reaction to infliximab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
•breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Infliximab is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.

What other medicines can interact with infliximab?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines,
nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of
drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check
with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving infliximab?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
•chest pain
•coughing or other symptoms of a throat or lung infection
•dizziness
•fever or chills
•muscle or joint pain
•skin rash or hives
•shortness of breath
•vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or
are bothersome):
•stomach upset
•tiredness

What do I need to watch for while I receive infliximab?
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your health care professional or dentist that you have received infliximab.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.

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