Remicade is used to help reduce the symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, skin, or digestive system. Conditions that it is used to treat include rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis. The medication comes in the form of an injection that is administered through an intravenous line at your healthcare provider's office. Potential side effects of Remicade include headaches, anemia, and coughing.
What Is Remicade?Remicade® (infliximab) is a prescription medication approved to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, skin, and digestive system.
What Is It Used For?Specific uses of the medication include reducing the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Crohn's disease
- Plaque psoriasis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis.
How Does It Work?Remicade is part of a class of medicines known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, or TNF inhibitors for short. As the name implies, Remicade blocks the activity of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). TNF-alpha is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that is involved in inflammation and other immune system functions.
People with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease often have higher levels of TNF-alpha. These high levels can cause inflammation and lead to problems. By blocking TNF-alpha, Remicade helps to relieve the symptoms of these conditions and, in some cases, prevent future damage from occurring. Keep in mind that the drug does not cure these conditions and can only be used to help manage symptoms.