Remicade Overdose

by on July 23, 2012

Remicade (Infliximab) is a prescription medicine given to patients with certain autoimmune conditions that affect the skin, digestive system, and joints. It is effective in the managing symptoms of medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis.

The effects of a Remicade overdose may vary depending on different factors such as how much of the medication was ingested and whether it was taken along with other medications and substances including alcohol and street drugs.

Usually, an overdose of Remicade is not expected to cause serious side effects and symptoms. Since cases of Remicade overdose are rarely reported, its exact effects and presenting symptoms are not known. Clinical studies conducted before this medication was approved showed that even high doses of Remicade (up to four times the recommended dosage) did not seem to cause any problems.

Take note, however, that taking too much of this medication can affect patient’s response to treatment; therefore should be avoided.

Managing a Remicade Overdose

Since cases of Remicade overdose are very rare, there is no single medication used to treat an overdose. Furthermore, the best treatment option for an overdose is also unknown. Usually, an overdose on Remicade requires supportive care. This means complications are treated as they occur. Your healthcare provider will recommend treatment depending on your symptoms.

For instance, if there is fluid imbalance, your healthcare provider may recommend inserting an intravenous line (IV) to correct imbalance. Medications may also be prescribed based on your symptoms and complications.

If you suspect you or someone has taken too much of Remicade, seek medical attention immediately. Contact your healthcare provider or local poison control for advice.

Preventing Remicade Overdose

Remicade overdose is rather unlikely since it is normally administered by a healthcare professional in healthcare settings. However, for some patients administering Remicade at home, it is possible to take so much of this drug. For patients personally taking Remicade, it is important to learn how to safely use the drug. Before initiating treatment, read the prescription label carefully. It would be best to mark the calendar when to take the medication. If using other medications along with Remicade, be sure to know when to take each drug. Keep contact number of your healthcare provider or local poison control center in case of drug overdose.

Lastly, do not share your prescription with others even if your symptoms are the same. Your medication or dosage may not be appropriate for them.