Infliximab is an immunosuppressant medicine used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as some types of arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease. It mops up extra protein that causes inflammation in your body called tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha).
Infliximab is given as an infusion into a vein over 2 hours when you first start.
Infliximab can cause a reaction while it is being infused. You may have fever or chills, a skin rash, flushing, chest pain, or feel itchy, dizzy or short of breath. Tell your health professional immediately if any of these symptoms occur. They may need to slow the infusion down or stop it temporarily. You may be given medicines shortly before the infusion to help control this reaction. You will need to stay for about 1 hour after the infusion is finished to check you don't have a reaction.
If you don't have a reaction after several infusions, you may be able to have it more quickly and not wait afterwards.
Infliximab infusion will be given to you by a health professional. If you miss an appointment, contact the health professional as soon as possible.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
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Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing, joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Tingling or numbness
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Short of breath, persistent dry cough
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Swollen feet or legs, short of breath
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Headache, stomach upset
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If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2018
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