What are the long term effects of taking remicade? Can AS be controlled by diet, vitamins, and exercise? I was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and my doctor wants to start me on remicade but I am afraid of the side effects. I didn't say any comments of anyone getting infections, or the flu. How often did they get sick a year with infections or flu while taking remicade? I am doing a gluten, dairy, and sugar free diet, and taking natural supplements that have helped. But the doctor still wants to start me on remicade. I'm at a crossroad and need honest feedback. Thank you.