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Infliximab belongs to a group of medicines called Biological Drugs. It is also referred to as an ‘anti-TNF drug’ because it works by targeting a protein in the body called TNF-alpha.
Your body naturally produces TNF-alpha as part of its immune response to help fight infections by temporarily causing inflammation in affected areas. Over-production of this protein is thought to be partly responsible for the type of chronic (ongoing) inflammation found in IBD. Infliximab binds to TNF-alpha, helping to prevent inflammation and relieve symptoms.
You may begin to feel better within a few days or it may take between two to six weeks after your first treatment.