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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking infliximab if you have:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- A history of cancer
- Multiple sclerosis
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any disease that affects the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- Any condition that affects the blood, including blood-clotting disorders
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go (such as cold sores)
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- A history of hepatitis B infection or tuberculosis
- Any other allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, preservatives, rats, or mice.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Remicade and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Remicade and Breastfeeding).
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Infliximab to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What Is It Used For?Specific uses of infliximab include reducing the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Crohn's disease
- Plaque psoriasis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis.
(Click What Is Infliximab Used For? for more details, including possible off-label uses for the drug.)