The Many Conditions That IV Infusion Therapy Can Treat

IV therapy involves delivering medicine through an IV. If you're unable to take oral medications, or if traditional drug therapy doesn’t help, infusion therapy may help you manage your symptoms, so you can resume a good quality of life.

Board-certified rheumatologists Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal-Kraal, MD, along with their team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center, combine the latest advances in medicine with trusted research to bring patients new and innovative approaches to managing autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

In this post, our experts discuss one such innovative approach, infusion therapy, and the many conditions that this therapy can treat.   

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — which causes joint pain, swelling, and damage — can make simple tasks, such as brushing your teeth and gripping a steering wheel, difficult and painful.

Your provider may recommend managing your RA symptoms by using infusion therapy to deliver biologic medicines, such as the following:

These medications work in different ways to block the immune response that drives RA. Not only do these medications help provide relief from the pain, swelling, and stiffness of RA, but they can help slow bone damage.

Lupus

Lupus is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in various areas of the body. And, traditional medications aren’t always effective in managing lupus. If you’re in this situation, you still have options.

Benlysta® is a biologic therapy used to treat adults with active lupus. It works by reducing the activity of certain immune cells. Other medications to treat lupus that can be provided using infusion therapy include Rituxan® and Cytoxan®. 

Gout

Gout is a condition that causes joint pain and tenderness, and it’s often caused by having high levels of uric acid. Krystexxa® is a medication that’s used to treat chronic gout in adults. Your provider may recommend infusion therapy with pegloticase if you haven’t had success with other medications. 

Krystexxa works by breaking down uric acid, so that your body eliminates it naturally through urine, bringing down your levels of uric acid. This innovative treatment can help prevent permanent joint damage and relieve gout pain. 

Psoriasis

Infusion therapy is an option for patients with dermatologic conditions, such as psoriasis. This chronic and common skin disease causes itchy, scaly, red patches to develop on areas of the body, most often the elbows, scalp, and knees. Infusion therapy can disrupt the cycle of inflammation to bring significant relief.

Unlike traditional psoriasis medications, infusion therapy is targeted, treating only the part of the immune system driving skin inflammation. There are several infusion medications for psoriasis, including:

If you’re struggling with psoriasis despite treatment with traditional medications, talk to your provider about infusion therapy.  

Patients prescribed infusion medications receive their infusion therapy in the comfort of our offices by an expert team. Our infusion team provides infusions in a friendly and comfortable environment where you can relax during your infusion.

We’ve discussed some of the conditions that infusion therapy can treat. This is by no means a complete list. To find out if you’re a candidate for infusion therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today.

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