What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy is an alternative to oral treatment. It is prescribed when a patient is suffering from a serious condition that cannot be treated successfully by oral medications. It can treat a wide assortment of rare and chronic diseases, as well as administer prescription drugs like antibiotics, antifungals and more. In some cases, it is also distributed if the oral medication is not readily available.
How is Infusion Therapy Administered?
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medications intravenously through a needle or catheter. In some instances, it can also be provided through other non-oral avenues, such as intramuscular injections or epidurals. If performed in a hospital, it can be expensive and patients are at more risk for an infection. At Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC), we are able to reduce costs, save time and increase patient satisfaction by having the ability to perform this procedure in-office.
What Conditions are Treated with Infusion Therapy?
Conditions that usually require this type of therapy include infections that are not responsive to oral antibiotics, cancer and the following gastrointestinal diseases:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
Infusion Therapy Near Me
At DHC, we perform infusion therapy for inflammatory bowel disease using the following medications: Remicade, Entyvio and Cimzia. We also use this form of therapy for regular fluid infusions, since most of our patients that require this treatment suffer from dehydration. Our entire care team provides an ongoing assessment and evaluation during your treatment, and includes an infusion nurse who is specialized in intravenous therapies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.