What is Infusion Therapy?

Intravenous and injectable medications have made remission a possibility for a variety of rheumatologic diseases.

The infusion time and frequency varies, depending on the medication:

  • Actemra
  • Benlysta
  • Boniva
  • Orencia
  • Prolia
  • Reclast
  • Remicade
  • Simponi Aria

Infusion Therapy FAQ

When will Comprehensive Rheumatology Center recommend infusion therapy?

Infusion therapy may be recommended for patients with certain autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus, gout and osteoporosis and whose condition is severe. Intravenous medication often can provide relief to those who have been unresponsive to or cannot tolerate oral medications.

How is infusion therapy performed?

During an infusion therapy session, medication will be administered via a sterile needle or catheter. Patients receive the treatment in a comfortable setting and are carefully monitored by an experienced infusion nurse during the treatment. While receiving infusion therapy, patients will be fully awake and can read or listen to music to pass the time. Our infusion suite is set-up with comfortable recliners, free Wi-Fi, kindles, magazines, and snacks to ensure a comfortable experience.

Is infusion therapy effective?

Infusion therapy has been shown to enhance the quality of life for those with some chronic rheumatologic conditions.

What are the benefits of infusion therapy?

Infusion therapy is a disease management technique that can help minimize and prevent joint damage. The objective of the treatment is to help improve the quality of life for those with active inflammatory conditions.

Are there any risks to infusion therapy?

Different types of mediations are used during infusion therapy. Like most medications, those used in infusion therapy may carry certain risks and side effects, such as allergic reaction, or infection. Before giving any medication, Dr. Firooz will discuss your any risk factors with you

Comprehensive Rheumatology Center often see patients who come to our West Hills office from nearby communities such as Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Simi Valley, Tarzana, Encino, Northridge, Chatsworth, Reseda, Agora Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Van Nuys.