What is Remicade?
Remicade (infliximab) is a drug that reduces inflammation caused by the effects of tumor necrosis factor alpha, a substance produced in the body. It is often used as an option when other drugs are not effective in treating psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ankylosing spondylitis, and severe psoriasis.
How Does it Work?
Remicade works by blocking the effects of tumor necrosis factor alpha, a natural substance in the body, thereby weakening the immune system, decreasing inflammation, and reducing damage from the disease. Remicade is given by slow injection into a vein, the dosage of which is based on the patient’s weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. After the initial dose, treatments are repeated as directed by the doctor.