Remicade is not typically a medication that is prescribed until other types of treatments have been unsuccessful. It is a drug in a classification that is a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFs). A particular protein associated with the immune system known as TNF can lead to inflammation. This medication works by suppressing the immune system and the action associated with TNF. As a result, it can reduce inflammation and may have a positive effect on pain and swelling associated with RA. In rare cases, this drug has also been used to treat a disorder of the large arteries known as Takayasu disease.
All drugs come with warnings and you should pay attention to the possibility of interactions or side effects to help reduce the likelihood that they will occur. One of the more serious warnings associated with Remicade is the possibility for infections. Since the immune system is not functioning as fully when you use it, you may experience problems such as tuberculosis, invasive fungal infections, Legionnaires' disease or bacterial sepsis. Some cancers, including lymphoma have occurred in adolescents or children taking TNFs.
An appointment should be set up to discuss your medical history and the use of medication before you begin taking this or any other drug. By being aware of the side effects and the possibility for drug interactions, it is more likely for you to take this medication and experience the full benefits that it has to offer.