Infusion Therapies

One effective treatment for rheumatoid diseases and other autoimmune disorders is infusion therapy. Infusion therapy provides patients with medication administered by IV. It is a safe and effective alternative when a patient’s condition is severe and oral medication is not an option or has not worked. Infusion therapy can take place at the doctor’s office, hospital or outpatient facility, and is managed by a doctor and specially trained nurses.

There are several conditions that can be treated with infusion therapy:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Gout

Before you start therapy, you will be given pre-infusion instructions. Remember to wear loose clothing so you will be comfortable. While receiving therapy, you can bring items to help you pass the time such as a book, magazine, computer, or iPod.

There are several types of medications used in infusion therapy. Depending on your condition, the medications include:

  • Actemra – Used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Actemra works differently than other treatments in that it blocks the activity of a cytokine in the immune system called IL-6. When there are too many IL-6 in the body, too many white blood cells are created and they begin to attack the body and joints, contributing to rheumatoid arthritis. Actemra is used after the use of an anti-TNF medication was not successful. For more information, visit the Actemra website
  • Benlysta – Visit the Benlysta website.
  • Orencia – Orencia is used in the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Orencia works to improve symptoms and prevent further damage to your joints. It also reduces the symptoms in children and adolescents with juvenile arthritis. In addition to being administered by infusion therapy, Orencia has recently been approved for self-injections. For more information, please visit the Orencia website.
  • Remicade – Remicade is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. For treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Remicade is taken with methotrexate to provide quick relief of pain and swelling. When taken for psoriatic arthritis, it also provides quick relief from symptoms and helps stop further damage. For patients with Crohn’s Disease, this medication helps those who have not responded well to other treatments by reducing symptoms and inducing remission. For more information, visit the Remicade website.
  • Rituxan – Rituxan is used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis after an anti-TNF medication has been used and was not successful. Used with methotrexate, Rituxan can improve symptoms for six months after just 1 course of treatment (2 infusions). To learn more, please visit the Rituxan website.
  • Medicare and most insurance companies cover infusion therapy.
  • Our billing department will go over your cost share with you in order for you to fully understand your responsibility for the treatments given.

Rheumatology Associates of Long Island

  • Rheumatology Associates of Long Island - 315 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown, NY 11787 Phone: 631-360-7778
  • Port Jefferson Station - 7 Medical Dr., Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 Phone: 631-928-4885
  • Melville - 1895 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747 Phone: 631-249-9525
  • Staten Island - 1200 South Ave., Suite 307, Staten Island, NY 10314 Phone:
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