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Side Effects Of Remicade (Infliximab)

This Biologic Therapy For IBD Is Associated With Certain Side Effects


Updated July 09, 2014

What Remicade Is

Remicade (infliximab) is the first TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor alpha)-blocker to be approved to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). TNF-alpha drugs are used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis because people with IBD have been shown to have more TNF-alpha in their bodies than people who do not have IBD. Remicade is given by infusion in a doctor's office or hospital setting. What follows are some of the potential side effects of Remicade.

Always Notify Doctor

More common

  • Abdominal pain
  • cough
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • tightness in chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • wheezing

Less Common

  • back pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • cracks in skin at the corners of mouth
  • diarrhea difficult or painful urination
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • high blood pressure
  • low blood pressure
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
  • skin rash
  • soreness or irritation of mouth or tongue
  • soreness or redness around fingernails or toenails
  • vaginal burning or itching and discharge
  • white patches in mouth and/or on tongue

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  • abscess (swollen, red, tender area of infection containing pus)
  • back or side pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in urine or stools
  • bone or joint pain
  • constipation
  • falls
  • feeling of fullness
  • general feeling of illness
  • hernia (bulge of tissue through the wall of the abdomen)
  • infection
  • irregular or pounding heartbeat
  • pain in rectum
  • pain spreading from the abdomen to the left shoulder
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • stomach pain (severe)
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tendon injury
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • weight loss (unusual)
  • yellow skin and eyes

Notify Doctor Immediately

More common

  • chest pain
  • chills
  • fever
  • flushing of face
  • hives
  • itching
  • troubled breathing

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor. This information is meant only as a guideline - always consult a physician or pharmacist for complete information about prescription medications.

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