In the following stories, you can share in the experiences of real patients, people who are living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Their stories are representative of patients who are responding to REMICADE® under physician supervision. Individual results may vary.
Reading these stories can help you understand:
“I found a treatment that helps relieve the pain and stiffness and helps stop further joint damage. REMICADE® was the answer I was looking for.”
“It was in the fall of 2001, around October, when I started to feel the aches and pains, mostly around my shoulders and elbows. The pain moved to my fingers, my knees, even to my little toe. I was hurting all the time.”
“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis around the holidays. I couldn't even carve the Thanksgiving turkey because I had so much pain in my hands and wrists. Sometimes my kids would have to help me up out of a chair. I knew it was upsetting for them–I could see it in their faces. When I went to my rheumatologist, I told him about my symptoms, and he examined me. He ordered some blood work and confirmed the diagnosis of RA.”
“At first, I was on pain managers. Then the rheumatologist prescribed prednisone, along with methotrexate. But I wasn't feeling any better. And since my MRI showed that I already had some joint damage, my rheumatologist told me it was important to help stop further joint damage. That's when we decided it was time to change the course of RA with REMICADE®.”
“I had my first 3 infusions of REMICADE®, and now I just have to go to my rheumatologist's office for 2 hours every 8 weeks. I've had MRIs and other tests, and my rheumatologist says there's been no further joint damage. I'm really happy about that. I found a treatment that helps relieve the pain and stiffness and helps stop further joint damage. REMICADE® was the answer I was looking for.”
Al is representative of patients responding to REMICADE® and methotrexate under a physician's supervision. Individual results may vary.
“Now I have a lot less pain and swelling, and my rheumatologist said my latest x-rays showed no new joint damage!”
“I was very concerned that RA would damage my joints, and I wanted to do more before it was too late.”
“It was in the spring of 2002. I woke up one morning and my hands felt like they were on fire. There was no warning, no gradual onset. Then the pain moved into my feet. The pain and swelling were so bad, I could barely function—couldn't squeeze a tube of toothpaste. Sometimes it would take me hours just to get ready for work in the morning.”
“My rheumatologist thought right away that I might have rheumatoid arthritis. When I found out I have a family history of RA, he did some blood work and confirmed the diagnosis. I started doing some research and learned about joint damage. I was very concerned about how much worse it could get.”
“At first, I was taking pain managers. My rheumatologist and I considered steroids, but I was reluctant to try them. Then my rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate, but it wasn't doing enough to control the pain and swelling in my joints. I was very concerned that RA would damage my joints, and I wanted to do more before it was too late.”
“About 8 weeks after I started treatment with methotrexate, my rheumatologist said that REMICADE® with methotrexate could relieve my symptoms and also help stop further joint damage. He gave me a video about REMICADE®. After I watched it, we agreed that it was time to change the course of RA with REMICADE®.”
“In about 2 weeks, I felt much better. And the infusions fit into my life just great–just once every 8 weeks after the first 3 infusions. I like having the nurses there to make sure everything is going OK. The infusion only takes a few hours.”
“Now I have a lot less pain and swelling, and my rheumatologist said my latest x-rays showed no new joint damage! I work, go to the gym, and ride my bike. I've even done some 5K walks to raise funds to help other people with RA. The pain and stiffness that I'd been living with...it's so much better now. It's a little weird–I almost forget how bad the pain was.”
Diana is representative of patients responding to REMICADE® and methotrexate under a physician's supervision. Individual results may vary.
“Within 6 months, I couldn't believe how much better I felt.”
“The infusion takes a couple of hours, in and out and it's over with. I read or watch TV.”
“My rheumatoid arthritis symptoms started when I was 66. I was playing guitar with a senior dance band and started noticing some sharp pains in my finger. Within a week, I couldn't even hold the chords, couldn't hold a cup of coffee. Then the swelling hit. I felt like I was walking on balloons, and I could hardly see my knuckles.”
“For a while, I was in so much pain I could hardly get out of bed. Later, I tried some medications that helped with the pain and swelling, but it wasn't enough. I was feeling a bit better, but RA was still holding me back.”
“My rheumatologist confirmed the diagnosis of RA and prescribed some medications that helped somewhat.”
“At first, it was just pain managers, then prednisone and methotrexate. But I still wasn't getting the relief I wanted. When I tried doing things I'd always done, it was just too painful.”
“After the first 3 infusions, it's only once every 2 months. The infusion takes a couple of hours and it's over with. I read or watch TV. Within 6 months, I couldn't believe how much better I felt.”
“I see that I'm going to have a pretty active life. I feel like I can keep on doing almost everything I want to do. I play guitar again, I go bowling twice a week. I can't believe how much better I feel.”
William is representative of patients responding to REMICADE® and methotrexate 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.