Remicade

Last Update May 30, 2016
Remicade is an arthritis medication and an IBD medication.
Uses: Remicade is prescribed for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, RA and Arthritis and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. Read More
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3.4
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Positive 13,621 "When I was admitted to the hospital, the last time I had a flare, they were going to put me on Remicade, but my most recent blood tests were getting better, so my GI ...She has UC and is on Remicade."Read more positive discussions
Negative 10,494 "So I don't know whether to chalk it up to my body re-adjusting to living without the Remicade, or who know - there've been a lot of flu strains around I could have caught a weak one. ...Hopefully... "Read more negative discussions
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Remicade
| Traiseblaise
First remicade treatment still taking imran I got a very sore throat antibiotics for 5 days throat still sore drank vit c with zinc used throat spray feeling a bit better next treatment tomorrow

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Remix add side effects
| Wblu
I was diagnosed a couple years ago for UC. Been a struggle but finally on the right track I think. On prednisone and reminded weeding of the prednisone over the next 2 months. I have had 4 infusions of reminded and the last 2 have given me the itches during the infusion. I also had a penny sized welt on my leg last time as well. An hour after the infusion the itching stops. Don't want to say anything about it yet but concerned. Anybody else had that reaction. Thanks

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cost of Remicade vs Entyvio
| cat210
is Entyvio less expensive than Remicade???

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Overpriced Prometheus Anser IFX Test Fails to perform - buyer and prescriber beware!
| T. P.
Our physician ordered the Anser IFX Test to see if our son had developed the antibody to Remicade. Our son had used Remicade to control a flare of his Crohn’s Disease about 5 years ago, and then had stopped.
The Prometheus test showed that our son had not developed the antibody, and that it would be appropriate to administer the drug. THE TEST FINDING TURNED OUT TO BE INCORRECT. About halfway through his infusion, he had a severe and scary allergic reaction that was fortunately addressed with a strong dose of steroids and antihistamines.
Three issues to be aware of:
1. Even though the test proved disastrously wrong, we were billed for both your test and the expensive infusion of Remicade that the test should have told us to avoid had it provided accurate results.
2. The test is $2500. Outrageous for the apparently uncertain results it provides. Better to take your chances and go without.
3. The test/lab is not in the Blue Cross formulary, Prometheus billed us $2,500 to see if they could get it, before reducing the charge to $250 - for the test that failed to do what it is supposed to do.
I asked Prometheus to withdraw its bill for this test, and they sent a letter threatening to engage a collection agency.
Caveat emptor - if your physician prescribes this test, think twice before agreeing.

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Will the cost ever be lower?
| cat210
Is there any chance of the cost of Remicade infusions to be reduced? I've been getting Remicade infusions for over 10 years with EXCELLENT results. Now, I suppose I'm old, Medicare is my primary insurance with two other insurance companies. Suddenly, Medicare doesn't want to pay for the infusions. Since Medicare won't pay, neither will my other two. So...I'm already feeling the effects of my reduced dosage. ( they agreed to pay for 1/2 my dosage) Just wanted to know if there is any hope of the drug cost being reduced anytime in the near future. Remicade worked great for me with never a side effect. Too bad I can't continue, but as I said.....now I'm old and not contributing to the tax system. Don't get old!!!
Sam G
May 4, 2016
I wish I had a link but I am on my phone, a biosimilar (biologic version of generic brand) was just approved by the FDA for remicade. It should be available soon. Do some goggling on Remicade BioSimilar options.

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seizure from saline flush
| crohns-mom
my daughter experienced a seizure during the flush before her first Remicade treatment. She finally came out of it, and the medical staff passed it off as her passing out. I have never seen anyone pass out like that before... arched back and eyes rolling back... slightly shaking... I am frightened to take her back. Do these lessen the more flushes?

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| Raymond_1
Remade has been a life saver for me. My arthritis got so bad that I could barely walk. Within 24 hrs of my first infusion I could run. I could not believe the transformation. It never stopped my Arthritis but it sure helped control it and made my life much more livable.

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| Jessiemont
I've had Crohn's Disease for a long time now and have recently been hospitalized four times within 5 months for severe pain. It took doctors 5 months later to determine that I have Gastroparesis. I didn't know if Remicade can cause this.

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My Remicaide Infusions
| Babycakes
I have only experienced a loss of appetite. It is not severe. Also, for the 1st two dats after infusion, I have a string metal taste in my mouth.

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I believe Remicade killed my dad.
| Mel
My dad has been treated for a couple years with Remicade treatments for Crohn's disease, Colitis and Ankylosing Spondylosis. He was hospitalized 4 months ago with micro perforations in his colon and A-fibrulation for which the hospital treated his severe sepsis with IV antibiotics, liquid diet and ICU for 6 days plus 4 more in the regular floor. Because he was the worlds worst patient, he was probably pushed along a bit sooner than a normal patient however the GI doc at the hospital (not his normal prescribing Dr) "said it was likely the Remicade was the cause" of the perforations.

Less than 2.5 months later he was feeling extreme pain again however in another location. One other note, my parents were snow birds and his normal doctors were up north and the first hospitalization happened in Florida. The care given to him was top notch though he might have disagreed. Again back to the present, he was feeling extreme pain again though in a completely different location. He refused to go to seek medical care due to the fact he was traveling between his two homes. Sadly, he vomitted blood and that finally scared him to call 911. Thus, the barrage of tests began and 6 hours of Hell in the ER. CT, Xray, UltraSounds, blood tests, etc...he was in so much pain that ultimately he probably couldn't take it anymore and his heart stopped. His death certificate said he died of severe sepsis, spontaneous perforated bowels, cardiac event, kidney failure and more. He was 73 years old.

I am certain he was never informed that Remicade could in fact damage the colon in this way. Most people feel the benefits far outweigh the negative side effects and probably are never given this part of the side effects, as it was hard for me to find on the package insert.

Please be aware of these. I dad died far too young. While he wasn't the healthiest people, he shouldn't have died like this.

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Facts about Remicade

B Pregnancy category (FDA)
Before taking Remicade during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Alcohol warning on Remicade
There may be a negative interaction between Remicade and alcohol.
How do I obtain Remicade?
Prescription in the USA
How do I take Remicade?
Injection
What dosages are available?
Solution: 100 mg
Ingredients
Infliximab
Approval Date
August 24, 1998
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