Remicade Side Effects
Posted over a year ago
I also have had five Remicade infusions for Crohn's Disease. As it suppresses my immune system, I get frequent upper respiratory infections. My insurance company has said it is not "medically necessary" ( it costs $12,600 / infusion). Use this drug as a last resort.
Marial_grace - I've just come across this site and have been dealing with Remicaide side effects also. When I was first diagnosed with RA my doc put me on methotrexate and gave me the info on Remicaide, Enbrel, and Humira. I read the info and when I asked him about the cancer side effects I was informed that the chances of that happening were very rare indeed. After 11 infusions, less than a year and a half, I developed Stage IV Breast Cancer out of the blue which invaded my lymph nodes so fast that my oncologist was baffled by the rapid spread. When I told my RA doc that I had to stop treatment he dismissed the possibility that the drug had caused the cancer. I don't blame my doc. I blame the pharmacy companies that push these drugs to market and to the docs as the cure for what ails you. My docs now tell me that they can't say for sure that it gave me the cancer but they will attest to the fact that given the pathology of the actual breast tumor itself it should never have spread like wildfire through my lymph nodes like it did. They feel the drug acted as an accelerant . Now there are not 3 but 5 drugs in the biological family that all have cancer as a side effect. Trust me, I'd rather be in pain than have to deal with what having the cancer has done to my life the last couple of years. For those of you who are out there that have had some powerful side effect from these drugs or any other drugs, fight for what you believe is right.
Charleebee2011 - I'm so sorry this has happened to you. The biologics are like rat poison and they need to be pulled off the market before anymore people get hurt. The reality of it is it will probably never get pulled because the drug companies are making an incredible amount of money from all of them. I wonder how many Dr.s are getting kickbacks from the drug companies too? Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless.