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Certain medications, such as live vaccinations, etanercept, or anakinra, can cause drug interactions with Remicade. Some of these interactions can increase your risk of infections or cause you to become infected with the virus or bacteria contained in live vaccinations. If drug interactions are a concern, you may be advised to avoid certain medications while taking Remicade.
An Introduction to Remicade InteractionsRemicade® (infliximab) can potentially interact with a few other medicines. Some of the medicines that may lead to drug interactions with Remicade include:
- Abatacept (Orencia®)
- Anakinra (Kineret®)
- Azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®)
- Etanercept (Enbrel®)
- "Live" vaccinations, including:
Interactions With Remicade Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when Remicade is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Taking Remicade with abatacept can increase your risk of infection. In general, these two medications should not be taken together.
Taking Remicade with anakinra can increase your risk of infection. In general, these two medications should not be taken together.
There have been reports of a very aggressive and fatal form of cancer known as hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma in people who took Remicade with azathioprine, especially in young males being treated for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. You and your healthcare provider should carefully discuss this risk before combining these two medications.
Combining Remicade with etanercept can increase your risk of infection. In general, these two medications should not be taken together.