What Is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy is given to patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), usually when oral therapies fail to control symptoms and flares. The medications used are Stelara® Renflexis®, Inflectra®, Remicade® and Entyvio®. The infusions are given in an interval determined by the physician.
What Happens During Infusion Therapy?
During infusion therapy, an IV is started with normal saline solution, and the medications are given via the IV route. Depending on the medication, the infusions will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The first infusion is administered more slowly to monitor for possible side effects. Some patients who have experienced some mild side effects in the past are given medications prior to the infusion.
Where Can I Get Infusion Therapy?
Dayton Gastro has two offices with infusion suites. These rooms are equipped with reclining chairs, TVs, and other amenities for patient comfort. Infusions can also be scheduled in outpatient areas set up by the area hospitals if the patient prefers or insurance dictates.
How Often Will I Need Infusion Therapy?
Generally, after the loading dose is given, the most common interval is every 8 weeks, but that may change based upon patient response to the therapy.
I Have More Questions…
If you have more questions about infusion therapy or a general question about Dayton Gastro, please contact us directly.