Remicade for Rheumatoid Arthritis
In clinical studies looking at Remicade as a rheumatoid arthritis treatment, the drug was shown to improve symptoms. In these studies, people took either methotrexate (Rheumatrex®) plus Remicade or methotrexate alone. More of the people taking the combination of drugs showed improvement when compared to the people taking just methotrexate. In these studies, people usually noticed improvement within the first two weeks of taking Remicade. The drug also improved the physical joint changes that can occur with rheumatoid arthritis.
Remicade for Ulcerative Colitis
In studies of Remicade for ulcerative colitis treatment, the drug was shown to improve the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and to promote healing of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. People taking the drug were also more likely to experience remission of ulcerative colitis when compared to those not taking it.

When and How to Take Remicade

General considerations for when and how to take Remicade include the following:
  • It is administered intravenously (by IV). Depending on the condition being treated, it is usually administered more frequently at the beginning of the treatment, followed by doses every six to eight weeks.
  • It will take at least two hours to administer each dose by IV. These intravenous infusions are usually given at your healthcare provider's office or an infusion center designed for people who need regular IV medications.
  • When used for rheumatoid arthritis, the drug is intended to be taken with methotrexate, another medication that can be taken by mouth or by injection.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Remicade will not work if you stop taking it.
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