What is the drug REMICADE used for?

What is the drug REMICADE used for?

REMICADE® is a prescription medication for adults living with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who haven’t responded well to other medicines. REMICADE® is not right for everyone, and individual results may vary. Talk with your doctor to decide if REMICADE® may be right for you.

What is the CPT code for REMICADE?

Medicare uses CPT codes 96413 and 96415 to describe the first and subsequent hours, respectively, of the infusion procedure associated with therapy with REMICADE® in the physician office setting. Commercial payers may use these codes or alternate codes 96365 and 96366.

Is REMICADE like chemotherapy?

It’s used to treat moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. It was initially designed as a chemotherapy drug to treat cancer but wasn’t effective for cancer. The drug has been shown to work against autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s.

What are side effects of REMICADE?

More common side effects of long-term Remicade use

  • sinus infections.
  • sore throat.
  • coughing.
  • headache.
  • nausea.
  • stomach pain.
  • infusion-related reactions, such as: fever. chills. chest pain. rash. itching. shortness of breath. blood pressure changes.

What are the most common side effects of Remicade?

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, itchy or tingly, short of breath, or have a headache, fever, chills, muscle or joint pain, pain or tightness in your throat, chest pain, or trouble swallowing during the injection.

Is Remicade a good drug?

Remicade has an average rating of 7.6 out of 10 from a total of 35 ratings for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease, Maintenance. 63% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 14% reported a negative experience.

What is the generic name for REMICADE?

Remicade generic or biosimilar Remicade is available only as a brand-name medication. It contains the active drug ingredient infliximab. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four biosimilar versions of Remicade: Avsola, Inflectra, Ixifi, and Renflexis.

How often is REMICADE given?

REMICADE® is administered by IV infusion for at least 2 hours. Infusions occur every 8 weeks after 3 induction doses. *If the response is incomplete, consider adjusting the dosage up to 10 mg/kg IV every 8 weeks or treating as often as every 4 weeks.

Do you gain weight on Remicade?

Does Remicade cause weight gain or weight loss? Changes in weight were not reported in studies of people taking Remicade. But if you notice that your weight is changing, you should talk with your doctor. In some cases, weight loss or gain may be a sign of other side effects of Remicade.

Does Remicade cause hair loss?

Hair loss. Remicade wasn’t reported to cause hair loss. But Remicade lowers immune system activity. In rare cases, this could result in the body attacking hair cells, causing hair loss.

Why is Remicade called Mouse juice?

It is an artificial antibody originally developed from mice. Due to human immune reaction to mouse proteins, the mouse common domains are replaced with human antibody domains.

Is Remicade safe long term?

Conclusion: Infliximab therapy seems to be safe and efficacious in the long term. Although the development of malignancy remains a concern, we have not seen an increased risk of serious infection within our cohort.