Posted 2/10/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)
All drugs carry the possibility of side effects. It's important to educate yourself so you know what to look for. However, "moon face" is only a result of high and/or extended steroid dose.
Remicade's side effects from www.webmd.com:
Headache, stomach pain, or nausea may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: pain/swelling at injection site, joint/muscle pain.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: swelling ankles/feet, easy bruising/bleeding, vision changes, seizures, confusion, muscle weakness, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, butterfly-shaped facial rash, chest pain, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs, shortness of breath, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Most cases occur 2 weeks to more than a year after starting infliximab. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of liver disease, including dark urine, extreme tiredness, severe stomach/abdominal pain, or yellowing eyes/skin.
Because infliximab works by blocking the immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any signs of infection (e.g., cough, cold, sore throat, fever, chills).
The immune system is also important in preventing and controlling cancer. Though very unlikely, you may have a slightly increased risk of developing cancer (e.g., lymphoma) with this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as: unusual lumps/growths, swollen glands, night sweats, changes in skin appearance, unexplained weight loss.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.