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Infliximab - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Infliximab

Generic Name : Infliximab
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Infliximab are provided here.

Pronunciation : in flix' i mab

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Infliximab, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.


ICD Code : Y45.4 Therapeutic Classification : Antirheumatics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Infliximab

International :


Remicade

Why is Infliximab Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a monoclonal antibody, prescribed for autoimmune disorders, joint pain, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis.  It blocks the action of TNF-alpha, a substance in the body that causes inflammation.

When should Infliximab not be taken? (Contraindications)

Allergic to any components of the product, patients with moderate to severe heart failure should not receive more than 5 mg/kg.

What is the dosage of Infliximab?

It is administered intravenously in a dose of 5 mg/kg on day 1, second week, sixth week, and then after every 6 weeks.

How should Infliximab be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Infliximab?

•Avoid vaccination while taking this medication.

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of hepatitis B.

It may develop an active infection while using this medication.

What are the side effects of Infliximab?

Gastrointestinal- Stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite and blood in stool.
Heart- Chest pain and shortness of breath.
Miscellaneous- Headache, runny nose, vaginal itching, flushing, rash, joint pain and seizures.

What are the other precautions for Infliximab?

It may affect blood clots, avoid unusual bruising or bleeding.

What are the storage conditions for Infliximab?

Store vials (powder for injection) in refrigerator (36° to 46°F). Do not freeze.
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