Infusion therapy is becoming a popular treatment option for rheumatology patients. But what exactly is infusion therapy, and why is it helpful? In this article, we’ll give you more details about this treatment so you can decide if it’s right for you.
What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy treats conditions using IV medications. These medications work in the body differently than oral medicine. This makes the therapy a good option if traditional methods haven’t worked for you. Infusion therapy can treat a variety of rheumatoid and autoimmune disorders, including gout, RA, MS, lupus, and more. The type of infusion you are given will depend on your condition, symptoms, and general health.
What Happens During Treatment?
IV therapy will take place in your doctor’s office. This not only makes it easy to monitor your treatment, but also helps you to stay as comfortable as possible. A specially-trained nurse will place your IV and will keep an eye on you during treatment. You will be able to read, watch TV, or simply relax while the IV does its work.
Is Infusion Therapy Right For Me?
Many patients choose this therapy because it is safe, effective, and easy to use. Because you are treated in the doctor’s office, you won’t need to manage treatment on your own. However, there are other options available, too. Some patients prefer oral medications, physical therapies, or a combination of treatments. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your options.
Possible Side Effects
Most people tolerate their IV treatments very well. However, some side effects are possible. These are usually mild and can include fatigue, nausea, and pain or tenderness at the IV site. It’s very rare, but allergic reactions can happen, too. Be sure to talk about any potential risks beforehand, and also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications.
Learn More About Infusion Therapy
Houston Rheumatology offers a variety of IV treatments for patients. Our state-of-the-art infusion suite is ready to provide you with a comfortable, relaxing experience during your therapy. Explore our website to learn more, then book your appointment by clicking the link above.