Many inflammatory and autoimmune conditions can be successfully treated with biologic medications. If your physician has recommended biologic therapy for your condition, we can help you get your medication safely and comfortably.
In some cases, an injectable medication needs to be administered by a health care provider in a medical setting. We offer injectable medications for many inflammatory conditions and to treat osteoporosis.
In some cases, patients are unable to tolerate oral medications for their condition or do not respond to oral medications. In these situations, injectable medications or infusions are ideal options. In other cases, there is no available formulation of a medication other than through an infusion or injection.
IVIG is short for “intravenous immunoglobulin”. This is a medication which contains proteins found in the body that regulate inflammation and immune response. IVIG is a concentrate of donated plasma of thousands of people which contains these proteins. It is used to treat many disorders of the immune system.
The time you will be in the infusion suite varies based on the time needed to administer your medication. These infusion times are determined by the drug manufacturer and are based on results of clinical trials of the medication. In some cases, you will need to stay a short while after your treatment for monitoring. Your scheduling specialist will inform you of how long you should expect to be in our infusion suite.
Infusion therapy is very safe, as you will be in a health care setting and being constantly monitored by your nurse. In addition, our physicians are always on site and can be called to see you if needed.
Infusion therapy is not painful. Other than the minor discomfort that some patients experience when starting the IV, there is no pain at all during treatment. Our nurses are extremely skilled at painlessly starting your IV.
You can expect to relax in a comfortable environment while getting your treatment. Our friendly nurses are available to assist you with whatever need you may have. We have WiFi, television, and magazines to entertain you, and a beverage and snack counter if you get hungry!
How often you need to get your treatment depends on the recommended frequency of administration by the drug manufacturer. In some cases there is a range of administration frequency allowed. In these situations, your referring doctor will decide how often you get the treatment.
All medications have potential side effects. The possible side effects of your medication will be discussed with you by your referring doctor. You will also meet with one of our physicians before your infusion to ensure that you understand all the potential benefits and risks of your treatment.
There is no age or health restriction which prevents infusion and injection therapy. Your referring provider will decide whether a particular infusion or injection medication being considered is right for you. ARISE infusion therapy centers treat patients age 10 and older.
To become eligible for treatment at an ARISE center you will need to meet with one of our physicians before your first infusion to go over your health history and have a physical exam. Typically this visit with a physician is the same day as your scheduled treatment appointment. ARISE physicians also check in with you yearly to ensure there are no major changes in your health.
Insurance companies approve infusion therapy when it is felt to be the best option for a patient by his or her physician. As with other medications, you may be responsible for some copayment costs. However, there are many patient assistance programs that help with patients’ out of pocket costs. Our scheduling specialists will work with your insurance company to obtain approval for infusion therapy and help you get the maximum copay assistance available.
You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment. However, due to space limitations and privacy concerns, we ask that any visitors wait in the reception lounge while you receive your treatment.
Yes! You may bring snacks to your infusion appointments. A refrigerator is available to store your food if needed. We also offer light snacks and beverages if you do not bring food with you but become hungry.