Infusion therapy is the administration of complex intravenous medications and subcutaneous medications by specially trained nurses. Infusion therapy is prescribed when a patient is not a candidate for oral medications. At Arise Infusion, our certified nurses will administer medications by either intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous routes.
What are biologics?
Biologics are drug therapies that are designed to specifically target and inhibit a part of the immune system that is overactive. There are a number of biologic drugs available. The right biologic drug for a particular patient depends on the disease being treated and multiple other factors, which are unique to each person’s case.
Defined by the Arthritis Foundation – “Biologics, or biologic response modifiers, are medications genetically engineered from a living organism, such as a virus, gene or protein, to simulate the body’s natural response to infection and disease. Biologics target proteins, cells and pathways responsible for the symptoms and damage of rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis.”
Types of biologics used for arthritis include:
- Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors target an inflammation-provoking protein made by white blood cells.
- B-cell inhibitors interfere with the production of certain antibodies that are overproduced in some diseases.
- Interleukin (IL) inhibitors target proteins involved in inflammation, including IL-1, IL-6, IL-12, IL-16 and IL-23.
- Selective co-stimulation modulators interfere with the activation of white blood cells called T cells, thereby preventing the immune system reactions that result in inflammation.
- Actemra (Tocilizumab) – Click Here
- Benlysta (Belimumab) – Click Here
- Entyvio (Vedolizumab) – Click Here
- Krystexxa (Pegloticase) – Click Here
- Orencia (Abatacept) – Click Here
- Remicade (Infliximab)- Click Here
- Rituxan (Rituximab) – Click Here
- Tysabri (Natalizumab) – Click Here
- Ocrevus (Ocrelizumab) – Click Here
- Reclast (Zolendronic Acid) – Click Here
- Simponia Aria (Golimumab) – Click Here
- Cinqair (Reslizumab) – Click Here
- Stelara (Ustekinumab) – Click Here
Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG)
Immune globulins are antibodies found in normal human blood plasma that help in the body’s defense against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. So, essentially IVIG is the infusion of antibodies that have been extracted from a large number of donors’ plasma which has been sterilized much like a blood transfusion. These antibodies have been demonstrated to improve the overactive immune system in conditions such as lupus, dermatomyositis, polymyositis and other autoimmune conditions. Click Here for more Information.
Solu-Medrol is a corticosteroid that decreases inflammation in the body by modulating an overactive immune response.
Conditions that Solu-Medrol may be used for treatment include: severe asthma, severe allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, certain blood disorders, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and certain eye and skin conditions.