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:
Infusion After Care
Some people receiving an IV medication may have a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). We give you medications (Tylenol and an antihistamine) to prevent these reactions. These infusion reactions may happen during the infusion or 1-2 hours after the infusion.
Please let us know if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, itchy or tingly, swollen, short of breath, or have a headache, fever, chills, flu symptoms, muscle or joint pain, pain or tightness in your throat, chest pain, or trouble swallowing during the injection.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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