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