What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy is a treatment given intravenously, directly into the vein. It is normally prescribed when a patient’s condition will be treated more effectively than by oral medications. Infusion therapy is not new, but the use of this type of delivery has increased in recent years with the advent of biologics.
What Are Biologics?
Biologics are proteins derived from living sources. Vaccines are considered biologics, as well as insulin, so strictly speaking biologics have been used for over a century. The use of biologics to treat inflammatory diseases represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of diseases that have been previously difficult to put into remission. Diseases that respond well to biologics are psoriatic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. The key similarity to these diseases are that they are considered autoimmune diseases.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
IBD is a chronic condition of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Considered an autoimmune disease, most research points to a patient's immune system attacking and damaging portions of the digestive system. Crohn’s disease can be found anywhere along the system from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is restricted to the colon.
What Biologics Are Available at Cary Gastro?
Cary Gastro is offering infusion therapy of the medications Remicade, Entyvio, and Stelara. All have been found effective in the treatment of IBD.
What Are My Next Steps?
Request an appointment to learn more. You do not have to be a patient of Cary Gastro to benefit from our infusion room.