Infliximab

This information leaflet aims to answer common questions you may have if you have been prescribed infliximab (also known as Remicade, Inflectra or Remsima) to treat Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It is not intended to replace specific advice from your own doctor or any other health professional.

This information is not intended to replace specific advice from your own doctor or any other health professional. For further information, please talk to your doctor or specialist IBD team or look at the information sheet supplied with your medication, or from the website: medicines.org.uk 

Other names for this medicine
Why am I being treated with this medicine?
How does it work?
How long will it take to work
How do I take inflixmab?
What is the normal dosage?
How often will I need an infusion?
How long will I be on infliximab?
How effective is infliximab?
Will I be put on another immunosuppressant drug alongside infliximab?
What checks will I need before I start infliximab?
Will I have ongoing checks while I am on infliximab?
Will I need to take any special precautions while being treated with infliximab?
What are the most likely side effects of infliximab?
Can I have immunisations while on infliximab?
Can I take other medicines along with infliximab?
Can I drink while taking infliximab?
Does infliximab affect pregnancy?
What about breastfeeding?
Who should I talk to if I am worried?
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Last reviewed: July 2016