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By Gastrointestinal Specialists PC
December 09, 2015
Category: Remicade
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Find out more about this medication and how it can treat certain gastrointestinal disorders.

Has your Troy, MI gastroenterologist recently diagnosed you with Crohn’s disease and prescribed Remicade® to help treat your symptoms? Right now you may have a lot of questions both about your condition and this medication. We are here to answer as many of your questions as possible so that you can breathe a little easier.

When is Remicade® often recommended?

The purpose of this medication is to provide long-lasting results rather than just temporarily alleviating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Remicade® is often used for treating those with moderate to severe cases, and also for those who have not responded well to other treatments.

How do I take Remicade®?

Your gastroenterologist in Troy, MI will administer this medication through an IV so that the treatment can immediately go to the bloodstream and start working. Remicade® will be administered at 0, 2 and 6 weeks. After these three initial phases you will then be given maintenance treatments about every 8 weeks.

Are there any side effects?

As with any treatment there are always the possibility of side effects. This medication can lower your immune system, which can leave your body more susceptible to infection. Patients with heart failure should let us know of your medical condition prior to this treatment as some patients with heart failure aren’t right for Remicade®. Learn more about yourrisks before starting this medication.

Will I still need Remicade® therapy if I start to feel better?

Some patients will experience a remission from symptoms once they start their maintenance therapy. Even though you may feel better you should continue your therapy sessions in order to sustain your remission.

Of course every patient is different and will have their own personal questions. That’s why your Troy GI specialists are here to help. Turn to Gastrointestinal Specialists for all of your gastrointestinal needs.