Infliximab - intravenous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Infliximab is used to treat inflammation of bowels and joints.

This medicine is also used to treat psoriasis (a type of skin disease that is caused by itchy patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales).

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I use this medicine?
Infliximab injection is to be given intravenously (into the vein). It is delivered directly into the bloodstream via the blood vessel.

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any dose.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take this medicine if you have moderate or severe heart failure as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- tuberculosis (lung infection)
- resided or travelled from a place where there are fungal infections such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, or blastomycosis
- hepatitis B infection (liver disease)
- currently have or have a history of any infections
- damaged nerve fibres in your brain or spinal cord
- cancer

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may need to do routine complete blood count or liver function test while you are being treated with this medicine. Before, during or after treatment, your doctor may need to screen you for any signs or symptoms of infections such as hepatitis B virus or tuberculosis.
What side effects could I experience?
Infliximab may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pain, indigestion, cough, sore throat, tiredness, skin rash, joint pain, back pain, stuffy or runny nose and pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- unusual bleeding or bruising, weakness, pale skin
- difficulty breathing
- seizures
- numbness and tingling in your hands or feet
- signs of infection e.g. fever, chills, rapid breathing

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking other medicines used to treat rheumatoid arthritis e.g. abatacept, anakinra, tocilizumab, methotrexate.

Avoid vaccinations during and 3 months after treatment with Infliximab. It is recommended for patients to receive all vaccinations before using this medicine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a refrigerator (2°C-8°C).

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on infliximab - intravenous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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