Through the following stories, you can share in the experiences of real people who are living with severe plaque psoriasis. Their stories are representative of patients who are responding to REMICADE® under physician supervision.
Each of these stories can help you understand:
“I know there's no cure for plaque psoriasis. But for me, REMICADE® made a big difference.”
Colleen has lived with plaque psoriasis since she was in college. After years of struggling with severe plaque psoriasis, she finally got the results she was looking for with REMICADE®.
“I tried lots of treatments over the years—creams, pills, light therapy. Nothing worked. So I just did my best to conceal the problem: long pants, long sleeves, light colors. Going to the beach wasn't fun for me at all. If I did go, I went into the water wearing a towel over my bathing suit and would have a friend take the towel back to shore so no one else would see my skin.”
“My mom told me about REMICADE®—a treatment that was working well for many people. So I talked to my dermatologist, and we decided it was the right medication for me. Well, I started to see results after just 2 weeks. And within 2 months, my skin was much clearer. And for the first time in 17 years, I could wear shorts and enjoy my summer.”
“I know there's no cure for plaque psoriasis. But for me, REMICADE® made a big difference. Now I get a treatment every 2 months. I don't need my creams anymore—1 year later and my skin is still much clearer.”
Colleen is representative of patients responding to therapy with REMICADE® under a physician's supervision. Individual results may vary.
“I learned about REMICADE®. After just 2 weeks of treatment with REMICADE®, I started to see a difference.”
“I was tired of always having to explain myself and be on the defensive.”
Michael has lived with plaque psoriasis since he was a young child. After years of struggling with severe plaque psoriasis, he finally got the results he was looking for, as an adult, with REMICADE®.
“Throughout most of my life, I had to deal with having plaque psoriasis. At the same time, I had to deal with the misunderstandings of other people about my condition. For a while, it seemed I wasn't just Michael but ‘the guy with the skin disorder.’”
“When I was 4, I had a severe case of strep throat. Then I developed these red spots on my arms and legs. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with psoriasis.”
“My mother always tried to explain to people that my plaque psoriasis wasn't contagious. She said it was like having really dry skin, not chicken pox. But that didn't always work. While I lived with the symptoms of plaque psoriasis, I was getting tired of always having to explain myself and be on the defensive. One time, I was working as a counselor at a summer camp. I covered up as much as I could, but one of the parents saw the plaque psoriasis on my elbow and asked to see a note from my doctor to prove none of the kids could ‘catch' my plaque psoriasis.”
“Finally, as an adult—and after many years of trying different treatments—I learned about REMICADE®. After just 2 weeks of treatment with REMICADE®, I saw a huge difference.”
“With the help of REMICADE®, people look at me and see me—Michael—not that guy with a skin disorder.”
Michael is representative of patients responding to therapy with REMICADE® under a physician's supervision. Individual results may vary.
NEXT: FAQs 
Only your doctor can recommend a course of treatment after checking your health condition. REMICADE® (infliximab) can cause serious side effects such as lowering your ability to fight infections. Some patients, especially those 65 years and older, have had serious infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with REMICADE®.
Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking REMICADE® and azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including REMICADE®, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.
You should discuss any concerns about your health and medical care with your doctor.
What should I tell my doctor before I take REMICADE®?
You should let your doctor know if you have or ever had any of the following:
Also tell your doctor if you:
What should I watch for and talk to my doctor about before or while taking REMICADE®?
The following serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have been reported in people taking REMICADE®.
You should tell your doctor right away if you have any of the signs listed below:
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.