Infusion Services

Arizona Arthritis Clinic, PLLC -  - Rheumatologist

Arizona Arthritis Clinic, PLLC

Rheumatologist located in Chandler, AZ

Some medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and other rheumatologic conditions must be administered through an intravenous infusion. Amer Al-Khoudari, MD, FACR, at Arizona Arthritis Clinic, PLLC, offers in-house infusion services so that you can get the medication you need in the comfort and convenience of the office. If you need infusion therapy and would like to schedule an appointment, call the office in Chandler, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.

Infusion Services Q & A

What is infusion therapy?

Infusion refers to introducing fluid directly into a vein. When a medication is administered intravenously, it’s called infusion therapy. Chemotherapy is one of the best-known examples of infusion therapy, but the most common use is to treat dehydration. Infusion is also used to deliver antibiotics, vitamins, antiviral medications, and several medications used to treat rheumatologic conditions.

What rheumatologic health conditions are treated with infusions?

At Arizona Arthritis Clinic we offer in-house infusion services to treat conditions such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Myositis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Infusion therapy is often better for you because the dose is delivered directly into your bloodstream. However, some drugs must be administered via infusion, especially biologics that directly target your immune system.

What types of medications are administered during infusion therapy?

These are a few examples of the medications administered intravenously:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: REMICADE®, ORENCIA®, INFLECTRA®
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis: rituximab
  • Osteoporosis: RECLAST® and BONIVA®
  • Psoriatic arthritis: Simponi ARIA®
  • Lupus: BENLYSTA®

What happens during infusion therapy?

When you come to Arizona Arthritis Clinic for infusion therapy, you’ll settle into a comfortable infusion chair while an IV is inserted and your medication drip is started. Some infusions can take four to six hours. Here are some ideas to help you stay comfortable and pass the time:

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
  • Bring some light snacks and beverages
  • Bring a pillow or blanket in case you’re chilly or want to take a nap
  • Bring a book, magazine, paperwork, laptop, smartphone, or another device to keep you occupied

In the days leading up to your infusion appointment, drink plenty of water. Being well-hydrated makes it easier to find a good vein.

Talk to your doctor at Arizona Arthritis Clinic if you’re anxious about infusion therapy or you have a fear of needles. They can walk you through the process so you’ll know what to expect. You may also decide to use a topical anesthetic.

You’ll be carefully monitored throughout your infusion session, so there’s always someone there to answer questions and help you.

If you need infusion therapy, call Arizona Arthritis Clinic or schedule an appointment online.