Remicade is a medication used to treat Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In these conditions, the body’s defense system (immune system) attacks healthy tissues. Remicade works by blocking the actions of a certain natural substance (tumor necrosis factor alpha-TNF) in the body. This helps to decrease swelling (inflammation) thereby slowing or stopping the damage from the disease. By blocking TNF, Remicade can weaken your immune system making it more difficult for your body to fight infections or illness.
Remicade is administered intravenously (IV), or directly into a vein. One of our Specialty Clinic RN’s will insert an IV needle into your hand or arm allowing the medicine to go directly into your bloodstream. The first three infusions are called induction doses. You will receive your first infusion and then 2 weeks later your second infusion, and 4 weeks after that your third infusion. After induction, you’ll be on maintenance treatments, which are usually every 8 weeks.
A few things to know before your infusions:
- Consume ample liquids so you are hydrated.
- Eat breakfast or lunch before your appointment (or bring it with you)
- TV/DVD players and Wi-Fi access are available, but feel free to bring any reading material, craft activity, etc that you would like.
- Continue your usual medications as ordered.
- If prescribed, you will need to take pre medications at home.
- Infusions are given Monday through Friday and will take approximately 2 hrs and 30 minutes.
Our Specialty Clinic staff works together with our physicians to coordinate Patient health status prior to and following infusions. Our Billing Department is available to give individual financial guidance for Remicade treatments.