Remicade® - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
Remicade® (Infliximab) is a medication prescribed to help reduce inflammatory responses in the body and is primarily used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and certain other autoimmune conditions. The drug received FDA approval in 1998, but has since been linked to several cancers, serious infections, and liver problems.
Remicade® Side Effects
Studies have shown that the risks associated with Remicade® may not always outweigh the benefits. Specifically, researchers have found a link between Remicade® and serious side effects including cancerous tumors, serious infection, life-threatening liver damage and more.
Experts say that Remicade® can increase the risk of lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and other cancers including skin cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer, and lung tumors. 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 side effects including chest pain, fever, trouble breathing, chills, hives, and facial flushing.
Remicade® And Gastrointestinal Cancer
Research seems to suggest a greater connection between Remicade® and gastrointestinal cancer in the elderly, patients on increased dosages, and those who have undergone extended Remicade® treatment. Additional factors that may increase the risk for gastrointestinal cancer in patients include a previous history of cancer or other serious diseases.
Mayo Clinic conducted a study on Humira® and Remicade® and discovered a heightened risk for gastrointestinal cancer in patients taking these medications. Other cancers found in patients include skin, breast, and lung tumors. A previous study also discovered a link to lymphoma, or cancers of the lymphatic system. Patients who take Remicade® are advised to undergo routine cancer screening as recommended for the general public.
Aside from the link between gastrointestinal cancer, researchers also discovered a connection between Remicade® and a number of serious infections, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and cellulitis.
Remicade® And Infections
Scientific evidence has long suggested that Remicade® can increase the risk of serious and sometimes fatal infections. The most recent Mayo Clinic study, 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®.
Remicade® And 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 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.
Remicade® And Skin Cancer
A May 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association was the first to find that rheumatoid arthritis patients who take Remicade® are three times more likely to develop skin cancer than those who don't. Researchers believe that patients with a history of cancer and those who are older or sick are more susceptible to skin cancer and other adverse effects of the drug. Furthermore, patients who have taken Remicade® for an extended period of time or those who take higher doses are at the greatest risk for suffering serious Remicade® side effects.
Speak With A Remicade® Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects from Remicade® use, you may qualify for compensation through a Remicade® lawsuit. Contact us to speak with a lawyer who can help you with your legal claim.