Remicade is a brand-name intravenous (IV) infusion prescribed for certain autoimmune conditions. It contains the active drug infliximab. Remicade treatment may be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you can become pregnant, it’s important to consider whether Remicade is a safe choice for you.
It’s not known whether Remicade treatment is safe during pregnancy. In animal studies, there was no harm to the fetus when pregnant animals were given Remicade. However, animal studies don’t always predict what will occur in humans.
You should only receive Remicade during pregnancy if the benefits are greater than the risks.
If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about whether Remicade is safe for you.
If Remicade is given during pregnancy, the newborn may have an increased risk for infection after birth. The infant should not get live vaccines for at least 6 months to avoid serious infections.* A live vaccine contains a weakened form of a germ or virus. To learn more, see the “Remicade interactions” section in this article.
* Remicade has a boxed warning for serious infections. A boxed warning is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information, see the boxed warning at the top of this article.
If you’re breastfeeding or planning to do so, it’s important to consider how Remicade may affect you and your child.
Remicade is known to be present in breast milk in small amounts. A small study found that infants exposed to Remicade through breast milk did not develop side effects. It’s not known whether Remicade affects the ability to produce breast milk.
If you’re breastfeeding and considering Remicade treatment, talk with your doctor. While the treatment appears safe during breastfeeding, your doctor can review the risks and benefits specific to you and your child.
It’s not known whether Remicade treatment is safe during pregnancy. If you’re sexually active and you or your partner can become pregnant, talk with your doctor about your birth control needs during Remicade treatment.
Besides learning about how Remicade may affect your reproductive health, you may want more information about Remicade. These additional articles might be helpful:
- More about Remicade. For information about other aspects of Remicade, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about side effects of Remicade, see this article. You can also look at the Remicade prescribing information.
- Drug comparison. Learn how Remicade compares with Inflectra and Humira.
- Cost. If you’d like to learn about Remicade and cost, see this article.
- Details about your condition. For details about the conditions Remicade is prescribed to treat, see the following:
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