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Infusion Services for Multiple Sclerosis

October 29, 2012 · No Comments

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex and chronic disease affecting as many as 350,000 people in the United States. Approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed every week. A few short decades ago, the outlook for patients with MS was poor and there were no treatments to help reduce disease progression. Many patients were told, “You have MS and there is nothing we can do for you. Go home and live your life.” Treatment for MS has evolved since then.

Beaufort SC infusion servicesToday there are self-injecting medications that help reduce disease activity and slow down the progression of disability. In recent years, research in the field of MS has expanded and we have learned that combining these self-injecting medications with intravenous (IV) medications can enhance efficacy, resulting in significant improvement. Combination IV therapies are ever increasing in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and with continuing research may represent a suitable therapy choice for many patients.

Infusion therapy involves the administration of intravenous medications directly into the bloodstream through a vein, usually in the arm. In the case of MS, these medications go from the bloodstream into the central nervous system where they help reduce inflammation and prevent further damage. This can result in fewer relapses, reduction in MRI lesions and less disability.

Infusion therapy drugs used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis include immunosuppresants, chemotherapy-immunosuppressants, immunomodulators, and monoclonal antibodies.

If you are seeking a local Beaufort SC infusion services provider, consider us at Palmetto Infusion. We offer Beaufort SC infusion services in our clinic here as well as in other clinics throughout the Carolinas.

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RA and Infusion Therapy

November 28, 2011 · No Comments

Beaufort SC infusion servicesRheumatoid arthritis is a chronic arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body simultaneously such as hands, wrists, or knees. This symmetry helps distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the population in this country.

In addition to affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves. For some people, joint symptoms develop gradually over several years. In others, rheumatoid arthritis may progress rapidly and while other people may have rheumatoid arthritis for a limited period of time and then enter a period of remission.

Treatments include medications, rest and exercise, and surgery to correct damage to the joint. The type of treatment will depend on several factors including the person's age, overall health, medical history, and severity of the arthritis. Beaufort SC infusion services are able to administer any required medications.

There are also many strong medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Abatacept is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, which means it slows the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Abatacept may be used alone or in combination with other DMARDs such as methotrexate. Abatacept improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not been helped by other medicines. Abatacept has proven to slow the progression of joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have also shown that people had better physical function after treatment with abatacept at Beaufort SC infusion services.

At Beaufort SC infusion services abatacept is given by an injection into a vein. An IV is inserted into your arm and the medicine is given slowly. An infusion takes about 30 minutes.

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