Infliximab – Uses & Side Effects

Infliximab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation.

Uses:

  • Infliximab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Infliximab is also used to treat severe or disabling plaque psoriasis.
  • Infliximab is often used when other medicines have not been effective.

Side effects:

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, itchy or tingly, short of breath, or have a headache, fever, chills, muscle or joint pain, pain or tightness in your throat, chest pain, or trouble swallowing during the injection. Infusion reactions may also occur within 1 or 2 hours after injection.

Common side effects of infliximab may include:

  • stuffy nose, sinus pain;
  • fever, chills, sore throat;
  • cough, chest pain, shortness of breath;
  • headache, feeling light-headed;
  • rash, itching; or
  • stomach pain.

Other drugs may affect infliximab:

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • Abatacept;
  • Anakinra;
  • Tocilizumab;
  • Any “biologic” medications to treat your condition–adalimumab, certolizumab, etanercept, golimumab, natalizumab, rituximab, and others; or
  • Any other medicines to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or psoriasis.

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