Remicade is meant to treat autoimmune diseases in the inflammatory arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease families.
Autoimmune disease occur when normal and needed immune responses in the body go into hyperdrive, causing your body to attack healthy tissue. On of these immune responses is called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-Alpha).
While TNF- Alpha plays a vital role in fighting of cancer and infections, your body can produce too much of this cytokine. When this happen, it can lead to the development of Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and other debilitating, inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
As a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker, Remicade works by binding with TNF- Alpha which prevents it from being able to bind to any receptor in your body. This prevents TNF-Alpha from triggering any unnecessary autoimmune responses in your body, reducing inflammation and preventing further damage to joints.
Before your infusion, it is important to drink plenty of water and come to your appointment hydrated. Additionally, you must alert us as soon as possible to any changes in your insurance to ensure that we are still an in-network provider for your infusion therapy.