Common name: infliximab
Product Name: Avsola, Inflectra, Remicade, Renflexis
The class of drugs: TNF alpha inhibitors
What is Inflectra?
Inflectra can be used for treating rheumatoid joint, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis that is severe or deformed in adult.
Inflectra can also be used for treating ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease in adults as well as children who are at least 6 years old.
Inflectrais commonly employed when other medications don’t work. This can be prescribed for uses that are that are not mentioned in this guideline for medication. P
Utilizing Inflectra can increase the chance of certain kinds of cancer, such as the rare and rapidly growing type of lymphoma which can be fatal. Talk to your doctor regarding your risk.
Inflectra influences the immune system. It is easy to get sick, and even contract the most serious or most deadly illnesses. Before you begin using this medication, your physician will conduct tests to make sure you don’t suffer from certain infections.
Consult your physician if are suffering from fatigue, fever and flu-like symptoms, a swellings on your skin, or cough.
Before taking this medication, you must consult your physician.
You shouldn’t be treated with Inflectra when you’re sick with it.
Ask your doctor about if you have ever suffered from TB or if someone in your family suffers from TB. Tell your doctor about any TB-related illnesses you’ve visited recently. Tuberculosis and fungal diseases are quite prevalent in certain parts around the globe, and they could have been exposed through traveling.
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from:
- active infections (fever active infections (flu symptoms open sores or skin sores);
- Heart failure or other heart issues;
- A weak immune system
- liver failure, hepatitis , or other liver disorders;
- chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD);
- heart issues;
- Numbness or pain anywhere on your body
- muscle disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome or multiple sclerosis;
- Phototherapy for psoriasis
- BCG vaccination (Bacille Calmette-Guerin); or
- If you are scheduled to get any vaccinations.
Make sure that your child is up to date on all vaccinations prior to starting Inflectra treatment.
Inflectra can cause a rare form lymphoma (cancer) of the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. It could lead to death. This is especially the case for people in their teens and those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. However, those who suffer from an autoimmune condition may be at a higher risk of being diagnosed with lymphoma. Discuss with your physician regarding your risk.
Inflectra could cause different types of cancers, like cervical cancer or skin cancer. Consult your physician about the possibility.
If you’re using Inflectra during your pregnancy, be sure that the doctor who is caring for your baby understands that you taken the medication during your pregnancy. Being exposed to this drug in the womb could influence your baby’s immunization regimen throughout the first six months of life.
It is not recommended to breastfeed during the time you are receiving Inflectra.
Inflectra is not suitable for children younger than 6 years of age.
What do you know Inflectra provided?
Before you begin treatments with the medication you are taking, your physician might run tests to be sure you don’t suffer from TB or any other infection.
Inflectra is administered as an intravenous injection. The healthcare professional who treats you will administer the injection.
Inflectra is recommended to be administered lightly and it could require at least two hours to finish.
You could be monitored closely following the administration of Inflectra to make sure that the drug didn’t cause severe unwanted side negative effects.
Inflectra influences the immune system. You are susceptible to getting sick, and even contract the worst or the most fatal diseases. Your physician will require you to test you regularly and may require frequent TB tests.
Most likely to be serious infections among adults.
If you are in need of surgery, inform your doctor in advance that you are taking this medication.
If you’ve ever suffered from Hepatitis B using this drug can make the virus active or get worse. You might need to examine your liver’s functioning normally when taking this drug as well as for a few months following quitting.
If I don’t take a dose?
Consult your physician for the proper treatment If you’ve missed the dosage.
If I take too much?
Seek medical attention in an emergency situation or contact toll-free the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What are the things I should avoid when taking Inflectra?
Avoid activities that increase the chance of bleeding.
Do not receive the “live” vaccine while using Inflectra and you could contract a serious illness. Live vaccinations can include measles rubella, mumps (MMR) and polio. the typhoid virus, rotavirus, yellow fever and varicella (chickenpox) and Zoster (shingles).
The side effects of Inflectra
Other adverse reactions can occur in the course of the injection. Contact your physician that you are feeling faint, dizzy and lightheaded, or if you feel itchy or you feel irritable and short of breath or if you experience headaches or fever, chills muscles or joint discomfort, stiff or sore throat, chest pain or have trouble swallowing after the injection. The reaction can be felt within 1 or 2 hours following the injection.
Infections that are severe and often fatal could be contracted when you undergo Inflectra treatment. Contact your physician immediately when you experience signs of infection, such as excessive tiredness, fever or flu-like symptoms, the cough or skin manifestations (pain and fever or swelling).
Contact your doctor if you suffer from:
- Skin changes and new growths, and changes to the skin
- pale skin, easily scratched or bleeding
- delayed allergic reaction (up 12-days after you received Inflectra) symptoms include symptoms include sore throat, fever or swallowing issue headache and muscle or joint discomfort, skin rash or swelling of your hands or face;
- liver issues – abdominal discomfort on the right side and loss of appetite. eyes or skin that are yellow and discomfort.
- lupus-like syndrome : joints pain, swelling chest tightness and breathlessness, itchy bumps on your cheeks and arms (worse in the sun);
- emotional issues – numbness, sensations of tingling, problems with vision and weakness in legs or arms fainting, or other symptoms;
- Psoriasis that is degenerative or new – itching on the skin, small, scaly patches, pores that are red;
- symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath , swelling of ankles or feet fast weight gain
- symptoms of stroke: sudden weakness or numbness and slurred speech loss of vision, headache, balance;
- symptoms of lymphoma include fever nights sweats, weight gain swelling or pain in the abdomen and chest pain. Also shortness of breath, cough swelling of glands (neck armpits, armpits or the uterus) or
- symptoms of tuberculosis : cough, fever night sweats, loss of appetite loss of weight, fatigue that is constant.
The most serious infections are likely to affect adults who are 65 or more.
- Common side effects could be:
- empty nose, sinus pain;
- fever chills and sore throats;
- chest pain, cough and shortness of breath.
- high blood pressure or low blood pressure;
- headache, headache;
- Itching, rash or
- abdominal discomfort.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all side effects. certain side effects may be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. It is possible to report any adverse reactions to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs can impact Inflectra?
Inform your doctor about all other medications you are taking particularly:
- Any “biologic” medicines to treat your illness – adalimumab golimumab, certolizumab, etanercept or natalizumab, rituximab and many others;
- any other treatment options for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitisor rheumatoid arthritis ankylosing Spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis or Psoriasis.
This list isn’t complete. Other medications could impact Inflectra such as prescription and over-the counter supplements, vitamins, as well as herbal remedies.
Contact your physician for further information about this medication