Infusion Therapy Specialist

Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Rheumatologists located in Los Alamitos, CA

When traditional oral and topical medications aren’t improving the condition of your autoimmune disorder, it’s time to consider infusion therapy. By using new medications and biologics isolated from natural sources, IV therapy at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center can make you feel better and reduce your symptoms like no other pill can. Let rheumatologists Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal, MD, help your body heal. If you’re located near Los Alamitos Long Beach, CA, contact their office today. Call to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.

Infusion Therapy Q & A

What is infusion therapy?

Infusion therapy, also known as IV therapy, involves the administration of medication through a needle. Doctors often use this when your condition is so severe oral or topical medication is no longer effective.

Infusion therapy provides you with a broad range of medicines to treat many different conditions. There are traditional infusions, which may include things like:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungals
  • Antivirals
  • Chemotherapy

You can also use traditional IV therapy to treat dehydration, manage pain, and for parenteral nutrition.

Speciality infusion therapy uses new medications and biologics -- sugars, proteins, cells, or tissues -- to improve body functions. They often include things like:

  • Blood factors
  • Corticosteroids
  • Erythropoietin
  • Infliximab
  • Growth hormones
  • Immunoglobulin

What does infusion therapy treat?

Your rheumatologist treats a wide range of immune system issues with infusion therapy, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Systemic lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Gout

You can use IV therapy to also treat non-immune system conditions like:

  • Infections
  • Cancers
  • Dehydration
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Congestive heart failure

How do you prepare for infusion therapy?

When you see your rheumatologist at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center, there are specific steps you should take in preparation. First, be sure to drink plenty of water before your appointment. The more hydrated your body is before the infusion, the better you absorb the nutrients, and the more effective the therapy is.

If your rheumatologist recommends a pre-medication, such as Tylenol® or Advil®, take it before you arrive at the office.

Be sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may want to wear layers, as some people may feel cool or warm during their infusion therapy.

Because your treatment could take between 20-60 minutes, bring a book, magazine, or digital device for entertainment during your IV therapy.

If you think you could benefit from infusion therapy, contact Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today. Call to schedule your appointment or book online.