Remicade Side Effects

Approved in 1998, Remicade is a popular and potent treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's Disease. Medical research has found that Remicade can significantly increase the risk of many forms of cancer, serious infection, life-threatening liver damage, skin problems, and more. If you or a loved one has suffered serious Remicade side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering. Please contact us to confer with a qualified attorney who can help protect your legal interests.

Cancer

Earlier research found that Remicade side effects increase the risk of lymphoma , a form of blood cancer. Recent clinical evidence from a 2006 Mayo Clinic study shows that Remicade can triple the risk of numerous forms of cancer . Remicade side effects can cause skin cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer, and lung tumors.

Patients who are taking Remicade are advised to undergo routine cancer screening as recommended for the general public. While the risk of cancer appears to be small, certain patients may be at greater risks. History of cancer, older age, sickness, high doses of Remicade, and extended use of the drug are all risk factors for cancer-related Remicade side effects.

Infection

Scientific evidence has long suggested that Remicade side effects can increase the risk of serious and sometimes fatal infections. The most recent Mayo Clinic study, the first to quantify this risk, found that taking Remicade can double a patient's risk of developing a serious infection such as tuberculosis or pneumonia.

The risk of infection is greater for older patients and those who are taking certain medications (immunosuppressants or Kineret) or who have active infections. Remicade can also cause Hepatitis B to become active again. Doctors are advised to check patients for infections prior to administering Remicade. If you or a loved one is taking Remicade, you should consult with your doctor at the first sign of a possible infection, such as fever or cough.

Liver Damage

In December 2004, Centocor, the makers of Remicade, announced that Remicade can increase the risk of deadly liver reactions. Some patients have become extremely ill, required liver transplants, or died because of these serious Remicade side effects. Patients who develop symptoms of liver damage or failure should seek immediate medical attention. These symptoms may include jaundice, dark urine, fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and fatigue.

Skin Problems

In 2005, researchers found that Remicade side effects can harm the skin. Remicade doubles the risk of developing skin infections, eczema, skin eruptions, and more. If you develop any symptoms of skin-related Remicade side effects, it is important to seek medical attention.

Other Remicade Side Effects

Experts say that Remicade side effects can also increase the risk of psoriasis, reactive arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease arthritis, and more. Drug labeling cautions that, within the first five hours after treatment is administered, patients may experience temporary Remicade side effects including chest pain, fever, trouble breathing, chills, hives, and facial flushing.

If you experience any unusual symptoms while taking Remicade, it is crucial to seek medical treatment at the first sign of a problem. If you are concerned about Remicade side effects, you may wish to speak with your physician. Together, you can weigh the risks and benefits of continuing treatment.

Have you been injured by Remicade side effects?

If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm because of Remicade side effects, help is available. Please contact us to confer with a qualified attorney who can answer your questions and determine the best course of action. You may be able to seek compensation for your losses and suffering.

Remicade News:

May 22, 2006 - FDA Approves Controversial drug Remicade for Kids

May 17, 2006 - Remicade and Humira Cause Cancer, Infection

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