No side effects. I did contract pneumonia in April and we could speculate that the immunosuppressive action of the Remicade may have had something to do with that. Also, because I have to take methotrexate with Remicade to suppress renal secretions of it, my liver chemistries are monitored and came back high for the first time in March. I was then taken off Methotrexate for a month and when my liver chemistries returned to normal, I was put back on a lower dosage of Methotrexate (7.5 mg per week vs. 12.5 mg). Other than the above no issues. I did observe another patient develop a reaction to Remicade while I was in the Remicade room with her. She got red and flushed and they terminated the IV. She told me she felt a warm sensation shooting down her side. Other than that I have not seen any reactions in 4 years and I usually get infused with 3 other patients at a time. It’s a 2 hour infusion.
Regarding the patient who had a reaction to Remicade, I heard the doctor tell her they would try Entyvio next. Entyvio has an entirely different mechanism of action than Remicade. It’s the usual plan B if Remicade is rejected or antibodies develop.