Having pediatric ulcerative colitis (PUC) doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun of being a kid. You don’t have to worry about having symptoms all the time. The important thing to remember is to be open and honest, and to discuss how you’re feeling with your parents and your doctor. They want to know how your symptoms are affecting your life, so they can help find the best care and treatment for you.
It can also be helpful to let other adults like your teachers and the school nurse know you have PUC. That way, they’ll understand when you’re not feeling well.
REMICADE® is a type of medication that works by blocking a protein in your body that causes inflammation  in your intestines. This inflammation contributes to the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. REMICADE® helps reduce inflammation.
Only a doctor or nurse can give you REMICADE®. That means you have to go to your doctor’s office or a place called an infusion center to get it. They’ll hook up an IV infusion  to your arm or hand to let the medication drip in, kind of like you’ve seen on TV.
We know it’s kind of unusual to get medication through an IV. When medication is infused, it goes straight into your bloodstream and gets to work. Getting an infusion may seem weird at first, but you’ll have someone nearby during the infusion.
Please read the Medication Guide  for REMICADE® and talk to your parents and your doctor about it.
Your infusion with REMICADE® will take at least 2 hours, so you’ll have time to kick back, relax, listen to the latest tunes, or even do a little schoolwork while you receive your infusion. So be sure to wear comfortable clothes.
After the 3 starter doses, you will only receive REMICADE® once every 8 weeks . That’s about every 2 months, or 6 times a year.
In a 1-year study of children with PUC, many felt symptom relief within 2 weeks of their first treatment. And for most children who continued treatment with REMICADE® every 8 weeks, symptom relief was seen at the end of the study.
Having PUC is pretty personal, and you probably feel a little self-conscious about it. Discussing it can be uncomfortable, so you may only want to talk with your family and closest friends. Or maybe you want to tell everybody so you don’t have to worry about keeping it a secret. Whatever you decide to do is the right choice because it’s your choice.
Here are a few ideas that can help make it easier to tell your friends about PUC:
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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.