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Infliximab

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What is infliximab and why is it prescribed?

Infliximab is a type of anti-TNF (anti-tumour necrosis factor) drug. It reduces inflammation. Read more >

How do I take infliximab and how long does it take to work?

Infliximab is given as an infusion (drip) in hospital, usually every 8 weeks once treatment has been established. If you respond to it, you’ll probably feel better in 2–12 weeks. Read more >

What are the possible risks and side-effects of infliximab?

The most common side-effects of infliximab include a blocked or runny nose, headaches, dizziness, flushing, a rash, stomach pain or indigestion. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. You should tell your doctor straight away if you develop any new symptoms, if you have't had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles or if you develop chickenpox or shingles.


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Can infliximab affect other medications and treatments?

You may be prescribed infliximab along with other drugs. You should discuss any new medications with your doctor and always tell any other doctor treating you that you're on infliximab.

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Can I drink alcohol if I'm on infliximab?

There's no known interaction between infliximab and alcohol. If you're also taking methotrexate, you should only drink alcohol in small amounts, as methotrexate and alcohol can interact and damage your liver.


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Can infliximab affect fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Current guidelines state that infliximab can be used during pregnancy and in men trying to father a child. If you are on infliximab and you plan to start a family or you become pregnant, talk to your doctor or rheumatologist.

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