What types of infusions are available?
Remicade is a prescription medication given by intravenous infusion. It can reduce signs and symptoms of adult Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Remicade is a protein that recognizes, attaches to and blocks the actions of TNFa (tumor necrosis factor-alpha) to reduce inflammation.
Cimzia (Certolizumab) is an injectable medication used to treat moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease. Cimzia belongs to a class of drugs known as biologics, which can be used to treat certain conditions related to an overactive immune system. Cimzia is used to induce and maintain clinical remission in Crohn’s disease. Please discuss with your physician to see if this is the right treatment for you.
Entyvio (Vedolizumab) is a newer injectable-IV, treatments for moderately severe Ulcerative Colitis (UC), or Crohn’s Disease. Entyvio may help by reducing symptoms, induce and or maintain remission, heal the lining of your large intestine, and reduce or provide the ability to stop steroids. Please discuss with your physician if this is the right treatment for you.
This medication is given by injection into a vein to hemp raise your iron levels from iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease as your body has a diminished ability to absorb iron due to chronic inflammation. It is usually given slowly and mixed with normal saline over 30 minutes, as prescribed by your physician.
Zoledronic acid (Reclast, Zometa) is an annual IV infusion used to treat osteoporosis. Inflammatory bowel disease places you at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis due to diminished ability to absorb nutrients and steroid use. Patients with significant osteoporosis, identified by Dexa bone scan, may be advised to start this annual infusion to protect your bones. Please discuss with your physician to see if this is the right treatment for you.
The Infusion Center at Suburban Gastroenterology
Our infusion center is specifically designed around the comfort and convenience of our patients. Our amenities include:
- Beverages and Snacks
- Power Outlets
- Reading Materials
- Reclining Chairs
- Blankets and Pillows
- A comfortable waiting area for caregivers
The center is certified by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Community Health Accreditation Program, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Insurance.