Remicade Vial

Remicade Vial
Remicade Vial
Remicade Vial is a prescription medication used to treat various autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, by suppressing the immune system and reducing inflammation.
Active Ingredient: Infliximab
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Side Effects

Headache, stomach pain, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: joint/muscle pain, easy bruising/bleeding, seizures, confusion, muscle weakness, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, butterfly-shaped facial rash, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs, new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).

Tell your doctor right away if you develop signs of infection while using this drug, such as: cough/sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills, night sweats, trouble breathing, painful/frequent urination, unusual vaginal discharge, white patches in the mouth (oral thrush).

This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, such as: extreme tiredness, nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.

This medication may cause serious heart problems (such as heart attack) during the infusion and up to 24 hours after the start of the infusion. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of heart problems such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, vision changes, or fast/irregular/slow heartbeat.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

How to use Remicade Vial

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using infliximab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into a vein over at least 2 hours as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. After the first dose, this medication is usually given again after 2 weeks and 6 weeks, then every 8 weeks (or every 6 weeks for arthritis of the spine), as directed by your doctor.

Symptoms of an infusion reaction that may occur during infliximab treatment include pain/swelling at the injection site, shortness of breath, flushing, chills, fever, headache, and rash. If you have any of these symptoms, your healthcare professional may need to adjust/stop your infusion and treat your symptoms.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Do not shake this medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Your doctor may direct you to use other medications (to help prevent side effects) before using infliximab. Use those medications exactly as directed.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.

Precautions

Before using infliximab, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other infliximab products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: tuberculosis (previous infection or positive skin test), past/recent/current infections (such as cold sores, valley fever), heart disease (such as heart failure), blood/bone marrow disorder (such as leukopenia, thrombocytopenia), nervous system disorder (such as numbness/tingling, seizures, multiple sclerosis), cancer (such as breast cancer, skin cancer, lymphoma), a certain lung disorder (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), liver disease (such as hepatitis B), light treatment for psoriasis (phototherapy).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Infliximab can make you more likely to get infections or may make current infections worse. Stay away from anyone who has an infection that may easily spread (such as chickenpox, COVID-19, measles, flu). Talk to your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.

Tell your health care professional that you are using infliximab before having any immunizations/vaccinations. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially risk for infections.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while using infliximab. Infliximab may harm an unborn baby. Ask about reliable forms of birth control while using this medication and for 6 months after the last dose. If you become pregnant, talk to your doctor right away about the risks and benefits of this medication. If this medication is used during pregnancy, be sure to tell your baby's doctors about its use. The doctor may change the baby's vaccination schedule to decrease the risk of infection.

This drug may pass into breast milk, but it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Consult your pharmacist or physician.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Do not share this medication with others.

Lab and/or medical tests (such as complete blood count, liver function test, skin exams, Pap smear) should be done while you are using this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.

It is important to get each dose of this medication as scheduled. If you miss a dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist right away for a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug are: other drugs that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as abatacept, anakinra), treatment with weakened bacteria/viruses (such as live vaccines, BCG for bladder cancer).

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