I'm getting ready for my first infusion,
What should I expect that day and days after ? Anything specific?
Remiciade is dosed out thru an IV. Depending on how much you get is determined how long you sit thru it. I was on Remiciade for 12 years. It worked great at first but as I starting coming to the end of 12 years, it stopped working for me. My body started attacking itself. So ppl like me, who have no immune system had to try something else. Im on Simponi now. I inject myself every 4 weeks. Ive been on it for about 6 mons so lets see how it goes
@A myRAteam Member Infusions are just another form of a biologic. Some of the biologics come in a injectible form so that you can do it yourself at home. Others are only available through and IV and are done in the doctor's office. Humira, Enbrel, Cimzia are all injectibles. Rituxan, Remicade and Orencia are infusible.
a Biologic medication is put into an iv bag and given over 30 min to several hrs depending on what medication is being used. Some are given every month, every 6 - 8 weeks or even every 6 months. Infusions are usually ordered when other medications have failed.
The nurse should give you some tylenol and an antihistamine prior to the infusion. Then you just sit back for about 2 1/2 hours and relax while the remicade infuses. I never had any trouble with it. For me it was a miracle drug.
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