Working with your doctor
In clinical studies, many patients experienced relief from their symptoms at the lowest dose of REMICADE®. If you’re being treated with REMICADE® and methotrexate, and are still experiencing joint symptoms, your doctor may increase the amount of REMICADE® you receive during each infusion or give you your infusions more often. That’s why, if you don’t feel like your treatment is helping as much as it should, it is important to talk with your doctor. Together, you can come up with a plan to help manage those symptoms.
If your REMICADE® dose has to be increased, it is important to talk with your doctor about the increased possibility of infections.
Here are a few ways you can make the most of every doctor’s appointment:
This is the time for telling it like it is. Don’t worry about taking too much time or complaining too much. Your doctor needs to know how you’re really feeling.
Talk about your physical symptoms. Some important topics to bring up are how long you have been experiencing your symptoms, how severe your symptoms are, and how long it takes you to get going in the morning.
There’s a lot to talk about, and you need to be accurate. The day before your appointment, jot down some notes so you know what you want to say and a direct way to say it.
An important aspect of staying on treatment is following your treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor. The Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager can help to support and encourage you to manage your health by providing medication reminders. Visit mhm.care4today.com to learn more.