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Remicade® (infliximab) is a prescription drug that is given through an IV. It is used for a number of conditions, including:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Crohn's disease
- Plaque psoriasis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis.
This medication works by blocking the activity of a certain chemical within the body. This chemical, called tumor necrosis factor-alpha or TNF-alpha, is linked to inflammation and other functions within the immune system. When a person's levels become elevated, as is often the case with the conditions listed here, inflammation and other symptoms are more likely to occur. Blocking this chemical can reduce symptoms and potentially prevent damage from occurring in the future.
To reduce your risk of problems, Remicade's safety information should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, common side effects seen with this drug include infections, anemia, and heartburn. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you take any other medications or have any other medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure.
(Click Remicade for more information on this drug. Topics discussed in this article include what to do in cases of overdose, other safety issues to consider, and how long it takes to administer each dose.)