Sometimes when people become very ill with a complex disease, they cannot eat, let alone take medications orally. In addition, some medications cannot be given orally because the stomach acids will destroy them, and they will no longer be effective to treat your disease. There are many reasons why medications are introduced into the body other than than through the mouth.
About Infusion Therapy
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, “infusion therapy” means that a drug is administered intravenously, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes (into the membranes surrounding the spinal cord).
Diseases commonly requiring infusion therapy include infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics, cancer and cancer-related pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal diseases or disorders which prevent normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system, and more. Other conditions treated with specialty infusion therapies may include cancers, congestive heart failure, Crohn’s Disease, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
Until the 1980s, patients receiving infusion therapy had to remain in the inpatient setting for the duration of their therapy. Heightened emphasis on cost-containment in health care, as well as developments in the clinical administration of the therapy, led to strategies to administer infusion therapy in alternate settings. For individuals requiring long-term therapy, inpatient care is not only tremendously expensive but also prevents the individual from resuming normal lifestyle and work activities.
IV Infusion Therapy has been proven to be a safe and effective alternative to inpatient care for many disease states and therapies. For many patients, receiving treatment at an outpatient infusion suite setting is preferable to inpatient care.
What is Infusion Therapy?
An alternative to oral treatment is infusion therapy: administering medication through the use of a sterile catheter that is inserted into a vein and secured. This treatment method has traditionally been used only in hospitals, but now infusion therapy can be administered in outpatient infusion therapy centers, or even in your home by specially trained nurses. These nurses have been licensed by the state board of pharmacies, meeting the strict standards and regulations set by the board and by the government.
What Does Infusion Therapy Treat?
Infusion therapy is usually employed to treat serious or chronic infections that do not respond to oral antibiotics. Cancers and the pain caused by cancers; diseases of the gastrointestinal tract; dehydration caused by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; and other serious diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, are typical examples. Additional complex illnesses that respond best to intravenous medications include: multiple sclerosis, some forms of arthritis, congestive heart failure and some types of immune deficiency disorders. Certain congenital diseases require intravenous medications as well.
Renewed Medical Health and Beauty offers clinical expertise in meeting the unique needs of our patients using infusion therapies as part of their medication treatment plan. Our pharmacy team can collaborate with your doctor to monitor your therapy while helping you manage side effects and avoid drug interactions. While we know the process of taking your medications by infusion therapy is not easy, Renewed Medical Health and Beauty is dedicated to making the process of managing your condition through medication as simple as possible. Infusion therapy shouldn’t be uncomfortable or frightening. Leave it to the experts.
Some examples of infusion therapies include:
- Calmimg IV Hydration
- Hydration IV Therapy
- Weight Loss IV Therapy
- Detoxification IV Therapy
- Energy Booster IV Hydration
- Immue Recovery IV Treatment
- Cold and Flu IV Preventative Treatment
How is the Procedure Performed?
Upon consultation and evaluation, the physician will develop an individualised treatment plan and suggest an appropriate IV procedure. A trained nurse will then insert an IV into the vein (usually in the arm or wrist), through which the appropriate vitamin, mineral, amino acid, or a combination of them will be slowly infused into the bloodstream.
Patients sit comfortably throughout the procedure, which can last between 45 minutes to an hour.
Based on various reports, iv therapy has some immediate, invigorating effect. However, repeated infusion may be necessary to achieve optimum health results. This is especially true for drug and alcohol therapy, wherein physical withdrawal has to be addressed.
Possible Risks and Complications
IV therapy is a safe, standard procedure and is guaranteed to be successful when performed by trained medical experts. Risks and complications are rare, but a small percentage of patients may experience swelling, burning sensation, tightness on skin, discomfort, or cooling sensation and blanching. Phlebitis, or the inflammation of veins caused by trauma during IV insertion, may also occur but rarely happens.