Remicade

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What are the side effects of Remicade?

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Remicade® (infliximab) is an injectable prescription drug that treats chronic inflammatory conditions that most people tolerate well with few side effects. Remicade® is used to treat Crohn's disease (inflammation of the intestines) and is sometimes prescribed in combination with the drug Remicade® to treat rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints).

Potential side effects

Common side effects include respiratory infections, back pain, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, headache, and injection site reactions. Infrequently, Remicade® can cause increases in liver enzyme levels in your blood (an early sign of liver damage). Your doctor can monitor your liver enzymes with blood tests. The side effects of Remicade® are temporary ones that disappear after you stop taking the drug. People with serious infections should not use Remicade® as they risk more severe side effects. Some people taking Remicade® have had serious infections, including tuberculosis, and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body.

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