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What Would You Like To Do?
Preparing for an Upper GI Endoscopy
An Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure performed by a gastroenterologist, who uses the endoscope to diagnose and, in some cases, treat problems of the upper digestive system.
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WHAT IS REMICADE?
Remicade is a medication that is used to treat adults with moderate Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis disease. Your doctor has decided to treat you with Remicade because your disease is still active even though you have tried other treatments.
HOW DOES REMICADE WORK?
The medicine Remicade is a type of protein that recognizes, attaches to and blocks the action of a substance in your body called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha). TNF-alpha is a natural substance made by certain blood cells in your body. TNF-alpha delivers messages between cells in your body, but too much TNF-alpha can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissues in your body and cause inflammation. There is no cure for Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis, but blocking TNF-alpha with Remicade can reduce inflammation. You should also know that by blocking TNF-alpha, Remicade can reduce your immune system's ability to fight infection.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND TAKING REMICADE FOR CROHN'S OR ULCERATIVE COLITIS DISEASE?
The immune system protects the body by responding to invading material like bacteria, viruses and other foreign matter by producing antibodies and putting them into action to fight off the "invaders". In both Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, your body's immune system produces too much TNF-alpha as part of your immune system's response. Too much TNF-alpha can cause inflammation and if left untreated can cause permanent damage to the body's bones, cartilage and tissues.
Taking Remicade can block TNF-alpha that causes inflammation but it can also lower your immune system's ability to fight off infections. So taking Remicade can make you more prone to getting infections or can make an existing infection worse. You should call your doctor right away if you think you have an infection.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE REMICADE?
You should not take Remicade if you have:
WHAT HEALTH CONCERNS SHOULD I TALK TO MY DOCTOR ABOUT?
Before receiving your first treatment with Remicade you should tell your doctor if you:
WHAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TREATMENT WITH REMICADE?
Remicade, like other medicines that affect your immune system, is a strong medicine that can cause serious side effects. Possible serious side effects include:
Some patients have had serious infections while receiving Remicade. Some people have died from these infections. These serious infections include TB (tuberculosis), and infections caused by fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. If you develop a fever, feel very tired, have a cough, or have flu-like symptoms, these could be signs that you may be getting an infection. If you have any of these symptoms while you are taking or after you have taken Remicade, you should tell your doctor right away
- Allergic Reactions
Some patients have severe allergic reactions to Remicade. These reactions can happen while you are getting your Remicade infusion or shortly afterwards. The symptoms of an allergic reaction may include hives (red, raised, itchy patches of skin), difficulty breathing, chest pain and high or low blood pressure. Your doctor may decide to stop Remicade treatment and give you medications to treat the allergic reaction.
Some patients who have been taking Remicade have had allergic reactions three (3) to twelve (12) days after receiving their Remicade treatment. The symptoms of this type of delayed reaction may include muscle or joint pain with fever or rash. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or any other unusual symptoms.
- Lupus-like Symptoms
Some patients have developed symptoms that can resemble lupus. Lupus-like symptoms may include lasting chest discomfort or pain, shortness of breath, joint pain or a rash on the cheeks or arms that is sensitive to the sun. If you develop any of these symptoms, your doctor may decide to stop your treatment with Remicade.
WHAT ARE OTHER POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF REMICADE
The most common side effects of Remicade are respiratory infections (such as bronchitis, sinus infections, cold, sore throat, coughing, nausea, stomach pain, upset stomach, back pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, tiredness, itchiness and urinary tract infections.
The most common reasons that patients have stopped treatment are shortness of breath, rash and headache. As described above, sometimes these side effects can be serious and may require other treatment.
CAN I TAKE REMICADE WHILE I AM ON OTHER MEDICINES?
Tell your doctor if you are taking other medications before starting Remicade and while taking Remicade. Also, tell your doctor if you plan to take other medications.
HOW WILL REMICADE BE GIVEN TO ME?
G.I. Medicine administers Remicade inthe infusion room. Remicade will be given to you by a medical or health care professional. Remicade will be given to you by an intravenous infusion (IV). This means that the medicine will be given to you through a needle placed in your arm. It will take about 2 to 6 hours to give you the full dose of medicine. During that time and for a period after you receive Remicade, you will be monitored by a health care professional. Your doctor may ask you to take other medicines along with Remicade.
WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions or problems, always talk first with your doctor. You can also visit the Remicade internet site at www.remicade.com
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28963 Little Mack, Suite 101
St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48081
17900 23 Mile Road, Suite 204
Macomb Township, Michigan 48044
In Memory of
Dr. Fernando Bermudez
September 25, 1941 - November 9, 2013
For thirty-seven years, Dr. Bermudez shared his dedication, commitment and integrity to shape the foundation of GI Medicine Associates. He truly inspired us all.