Also Known As Infliximab.
Redmicade works by binding to TNF-α. TNF-α is a chemical messenger (cytokine) and a key part of the autoimmune reaction. Remicade seems to work by preventing TNF-α from binding to its receptor in the cell and prevents inflammation in the immune system.
You get the medication by infusion, which means you get to sit in a chair while they hook you up to an IV and you just hang out while the medication is administered. It takes approx 2-3 hours per infusion and your infusions are USUALLY every 6-8 weeks after the initial “loading dose”
The loading dose just means when you first start with the new medication you will get 3 infusions much closer together than usual in order jump start the treatment, for lack of a better analogy.
To get the treatment you will goto either an infusion clinic or in some circumstances a hospital where they can get you on an IV.
I personally did not have any side effects from the medication, while some people report feeling drowsy after this could also be attributed to the fact sometimes the nurse will give you a benadryl before the treatment as a kind of, preventative maintenance against any allergic reactions.
There is really no better way for me to give you all of the information, than to just send you right to the companies medical fact sheet, have a read through and if you still have any specific questions that might not be covered in it just leave a comment and I will come and answer any questions I can!
Here is a list of the more common side effects that are officially listed with Remicade though
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- chest pain
- flushing of the face
- muscle pain
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness