Infusion medications are prepared at the time of treatment by our experienced and registered nurses. If the medication is intravenous (IV) it will likely be prepared and added to an appropriately sized bag of sterile solution (IV Fluids) which is then administered intravenously through an IV catheter placed by the registered nurse. Some IV and injectable medications come in pre-prepared forms that may not require as much advanced preparation.
Infusion therapy times vary depending on the type of treatment, our staff will ensure that the experience is as comfortable for you as possible. Benlysta (belimumab) 1 hour 25 minutes Cimzia (certolizumab pegol 30 minutes Inflectra (infliximab) 2 hours Krystexxa (pegloticase) 2 hours (with 1 hour observation) Orencia (abatacept) 45 minutes Prolia (denosumab) 15 minutes Remicade (infliximab) 2 hours Rituxan (rituxmab) 4 hours Simponi Aria (golimunab) 40 minutes Stelara (ustekinumab 30 minutes Truxima (ritiximab-abbs) 4 ...
Your doctor will let you know about any driving restrictions. Most patients are able to drive themselves after an infusion. Occasionally there may be a need for the patients to be monitored after their infusions and before discharge from the center.
Infusion medications are not painful to receive. The placement of the IV catheter may feel uncomfortable to some people. Most patients compare it to getting a blood draw for lab tests.