Jul 2, 2016

Infusion Therapy: What You Need to Know

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Since 1999 Carolina Arthritis has provided infusion therapy services for patients with a variety of types of arthritis as well as osteoporosis.

Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication by a registered nurse through a needle or catheter. It’s an excellent and effective alternative in cases when medication is too large to be taken orally, when a patient’s condition is too severe for oral medication, or when oral medication causes unwanted side effects.

Despite the benefits of infusion therapy, many patients are nervous about this treatment plan, mostly due to the fact that needles are involved. Somehow, the fear of needles trumps the pain arthritis or osteoporosis causes for these patients, day in and day out.

In reality, infusion therapy is, by most accounts, pain-free. Many of our patients even find it downright comfortable, thanks to our relaxing environment. At Carolina Arthritis, our infusion suite is conveniently located in our office and we make sure our patients are comfortable during their treatments, thanks to recliners, television, WI-FI, and snacks. You’ll feel less like you’re receiving a treatment, and more like you’re spending a relaxing afternoon catching up on books, television, or a much needed nap.

If you’ve never had infusion therapy before, or are considering trying the treatment, here are five things you should know before your first infusion:

1. Infusion times will vary depending on the medication administered—patients could be finished in as little as 15 minutes, or as long as five hours.

2. Stay hydrated! Hydration is always important, but drinking extra water in the days and hours leading up to your appointment will make it easier for the nurse to find your veins.

3. Dress in layers in case you feel warm or cold during your treatment. This makes it easier to adjust your temperature and stay comfortable, especially if your appointment is on the longer side.

4. Bring a friend or family member to your first appointment, just in case you don’t feel well after the treatment and need help driving home.

5. Feel free to eat as usual—you don’t need to fast before, during, or after an infusion therapy treatment.

To learn more about infusion therapy and whether it’s a good choice for you, contact Carolina Arthritis and schedule an appointment today.