Remicade is the brand name for the drug Infliximab.
While there are no known cures for IBD, there are many treatment options. As for medications, there are various choices. When doctors and patients decide on biologics Remicade is usually one of the top choices.
Remicade for IBD treatment
Although it is used to treat Crohn’s disease it was initially designed to treat cancer. It is a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker. TNF is the protein created by the immune system when there is a disease or other condition present. Therefore, in the case of chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases Remicade is introduced when other medications or treatments have not helped.
Side effects of Remicade
- fever and chills
- lower blood cell count
- liver disease
- blood pressure changes
- shortness of breath
- abdominal pain
- serious infection
- risk of cancer
Remicade may not cause any side effects for short term use. However, the longer you are on the medication the greater the risk of developing side effects. These include fever, chills, aches, rashes and other problems. More importantly, you should avoid exposure to anything that can promote infection. Serious infections are a side effect, treat any open sores or wounds as soon as possible. Identify a possible infection by monitoring body temperature, presence of coughs, fatigue, tender and warm skin.
Risk of cancer with IBD medication
- colon cancer
- breast cancer
- cervical cancer
One of the things to talk over with your doctor is the risk of cancer. Remicade.com lists cancer, COPD, liver disease, heart attack, psoriasis and other issues as side effects to watch out for after infusion. The increased risk of cancer is higher in patients with family history.
IBD patients are already at risk for colon cancer, talk to your doctor to determine if this is right for you.
Liver problems with IBD medication
The liver is an essential part of the digestive system. It is most commonly known for detoxifying the blood. However, the liver also plays the role of synthesizing proteins that the body needs, makes bile to digest food, while sorting what the body needs to excrete and what it needs to keep.
As explained by the Weston A. Price Foundation, the liver is not to be compared with the