How Does Remicade Work?

Remicade® (infliximab) is a drug used to treat inflammation, pain, and other symptoms associated with conditions like plaque psoriasis, Crohn's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
To explain how Remicade works, it's important to become familiar with a chemical in the body known as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). This chemical is involved in the immune system's inflammation process and is often found in elevated levels in people with the conditions listed previously.
Remicade belongs to a class of drugs called tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF inhibitors), which means it works by blocking the activity of this chemical, thereby reducing symptoms and, in some cases, preventing future damage.
(To learn more about how Remicade works for rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other conditions, click Remicade. This overview provides an in-depth look at the drug's uses and effects within the body. Details are also given on Remicade's side effects, safety warnings, and dosing guidelines.)
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