Infusion Therapy

InfusionsAt Articularis Healthcare we offer infusion therapy of biologic medications in a supportive, patient friendly environment. Our nursing staff consists of Registered Nurses who have been trained to provide therapeutic infusions in which medications are administered through an IV placed in your vein. We provide patient education prior to your treatment and are available to answer your questions at any time during this process.

Medications

ACTEMRA is used for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and is indicated if TNF alpha blockers have proven to be ineffective, or were not tolerated. ACTEMRA works by blocking the action of the IL-6 messenger cytokine that is responsible for sending signals to white blood cells to fight viruses and germs. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have too many messenger cytokines in their body which causes the body’s immune system to attack normal healthy tissue. ACTEMRA slows down the progression of joint damage and can improve the physical function of patients. This particular medication cab be used in combination with methotrexate or other DMARD’s, but can also be used by itself as a medication option for patients who do not tolerate methotrexate. ACTEMRA can lower your ability to fight infections, so patients need to be monitored on a regular basis by their physician.

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BENLYSTA is a medication that is given as an intravenous infusion for the treatment of active systemic lupus erthematosus. This is the first FDA-approved medication in over 50 years to treat SLE patients who are currently receiving other lupus medications. BENLYSTA works by reducing specific cells in your immune system that can cause lupus to become active. BENLYSTA can lower the ability for the immune system to fight infections so it is important to let your health care provider know if you are currently being treated for an infection, are healing from a surgical or dental procedure, or have had any recent changes with your health.

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ORENCIA is a specialty treatment given to reduce signs and symptoms in adults with rheumatoid arthritis, including patients who have not had an adequate response to other medications for RA. This medication can help prevent further joint damage and improve your ability to perform daily activities. ORENCIA can be given through an intravenous catheter in your vein or is available in an injectable form that the patient can administer at their home. ORENCIA reduces the activity of T- cells in your body. T-cells are an important part of the immune system and when activated, begin a chain of events that result in inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint damage. ORENCIA can lower your ability to fight infections, so patients need to be monitored on a regular basis by their physician.

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RECLAST is administered once per year intravenously for the treatment of osteoporosis. The medication works in combination with Calcium and Vitamin D supplements to promote stronger bones and prevent fractures from occurring. Your bones continuously go through a renewal process where old bone is broken down and new bone forms to replace it. Patients with osteoporosis break down bone faster than new bone is created to replace it, resulting in an increased risk for fracture. RECLAST slows the breakdown process and allows new bone a chance to fill in areas of bone loss.

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REMICADE is a biologic medication that is given intravenously to patients with the following diagnoses: Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and plaque psoriasis. REMICADE blocks the action of a messenger protein in your body called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). TNF-alpha is created by your body’s immune system and is an important part of fighting off infections. People with certain diseases have too much TNF-alpha that can cause the body’s immune system to attack normal healthy tissue. REMICADE can help prevent the damage caused by too much TNF-alpha. REMICADE can lower the ability for the immune system to fight infections so it is important to let your health care provider know if you are currently being treated for an infection, are healing from a surgical or dental procedure, or have had any recent changes with your health.

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RITUXAN is a biologic medication that is given intravenously to patients with the following diagnoses: Rheumatoid arthritis, wegener’s granulomatosis, and microscopic polyangiitis. RITUXAN targets B-cells in your body which are an important part of the immune system. B-cells play a vital role in the chain of events that result in inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint damage. RITUXAN can lower your ability to fight infections, so patients need to be monitored on a regular basis by their physician.

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SIMPONI ARIA is a biologic intravenous infusion that is given with methotrexate to treat adults with rheumatoid arthritis. SIMPONI ARIA blocks the action of a messenger protein in your body called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). TNF-alpha is created by your body’s immune system and is an important part of fighting off infections. People with certain diseases have too much TNF-alpha that can cause the body’s immune system to attack normal healthy tissue. SIMPONI ARIA can help prevent the damage caused by too much TNF-alpha. SIMPONI ARIA can lower the ability for the immune system to fight infections so it is important to let your health care provider know if you are currently being treated for an infection, are healing from a surgical or dental procedure, or have had any recent changes with your health.

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