Remicade Medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Remicade® (infliximab) is a medicine used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis, Crohn's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is available with a prescription only and is administered through an intravenous line.
In clinical studies, Remicade was shown to improve the physical joint changes that can occur with rheumatoid arthritis. These changes were generally noticed within the first two weeks of receiving the medication. Not only is Remicade approved to treat the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (such as chronic pain and tender joints), it has also been shown to prevent future joint damage in some cases.
For most health conditions, Remicade is used by itself. However, it must be combined with a drug called methotrexate (Rheumatrex®) when prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis. This seems to boost the effectiveness of Remicade.
(To learn more about using this medication for rheumatoid arthritis, click Remicade. This article also talks about the other conditions the drug is used to treat and offers in-depth dosing guidelines.)