Orlando Rheumatologist

Infusion Therapy for Lupus TreatmentOrlando, FL

Infusion therapy for lupus treatment involves the use of an IV to administer lupus medication to manage symptoms and help the patient feel better each day and avoid symptom flare-ups. We understand the challenges that many of our patients with lupus face with symptom prevention and management, and we are here to help with a long-term treatment strategy through infusion therapy. If you have been diagnosed with lupus and want to learn more about infusion therapy to deal with symptoms, then get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation visit. 

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An overview of infusion therapy for lupus treatment

Infusion therapy involves the intravenous application of lupus medication to treat patients, rather than through oral medication or injection. It is an alternative and often more effective solution than oral medications, and many patients seek treatment when other methods fail to relieve their symptoms. Our rheumatologist team offers IV infusions for lupus treatment, and we take pride in helping patients feel better through treatment. Rheumatologists are educated and trained on lupus, as it is an autoimmune disease. It is encouraged to visit a rheumatologist for lupus treatment because they can help provide insights on symptom management through lifestyle changes, diet restrictions, etc. in addition to providing long-term relief through infusion therapy. 

In many instances, especially with moderate to severe cases of lupus, oral medication is not effective enough to properly manage the symptoms of the patient. In some cases, the patient may not be able to take oral medications due to physical inability or another medical condition, in which case infusion therapy for lupus treatment is an effective and appropriate alternative. With that said, rheumatologists may also recommend infusion therapy to patients as a primary form of treatment after diagnosis or as part of combination therapy in which other forms of treatment are also utilized. 

The best way to determine the best course of action for treatment is to schedule a visit with our team to discuss the symptoms you experience and your preference for treatment. We can explain the infusion therapy process and help you make an informed decision as to which route is best for you for long-term lupus symptom management. 

Lupus symptoms that infusion therapy can treat

Lupus symptoms can range in severity from mild and only occurring several times each year to more chronic and having an effect on the individual’s ability to function daily. Every person with lupus has their own experience, but there are certain symptoms that are common, including:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Rashes
  • Fever

Fortunately, infusion therapy often works to manage most of these symptoms long term. Along with limiting sun exposure and following a proper diet, patients can ask rheumatologists how they can minimize symptoms and reduce the risk of symptom flare-ups through infusion therapy. 

How the infusion therapy process works

Anyone who is interested in infusion therapy for lupus treatment should consider scheduling a consultation visit with us, during which we can discuss your treatment goals and help you make a determination as to whether treatment is appropriate. Before the first infusion, we may provide details on how to prepare the night before, which will include proper hydration tips, how much sleep to get and potential dietary restrictions, such as avoiding too much caffeine the night before. We encourage patients to make an effort to arrive on time to ensure that the process goes smoothly without the patient having to rush. 

During the IV infusion, we set the patient up in a comfortable setting, and they are welcome to read a book, take a nap or bring a friend or family member to sit with them during treatment. Each session typically lasts between an hour and four hours, though the length of time can depend on a range of factors.

After treatment, it is encouraged to plan for proper rest by clearing your schedule for the rest of the day if possible. If the patient feels dizzy or nauseous or experiences excessive fatigue following treatment, they should arrange for someone else to drive them home. With that said, patients are free to leave after the infusion without having to stay in the office for an extended period of time. Infusion therapy for lupus treatment generally involves between one to four treatment sessions each month. Our team can work out a treatment schedule that works for you.

The pros and cons of infusions for lupus treatment

It is helpful to consider both the pros and cons of any treatment before you begin. Overall, infusion therapy is a safe, non-invasive and effective form of lupus treatment. The benefits of IV infusions for lupus include:

  • Symptom relief
  • Flare-up prevention
  • Comfortable experience
  • Medical monitoring

Many of our patients with lupus who use infusion therapy find that they feel better each day, and the symptoms of joint and muscle pain, stiffness and swelling are kept at tolerable levels. Perhaps more importantly to many, infusions can reduce the risk of symptom flare-ups. Flare-ups can lead to more concerning symptoms, such as severe rashes, headaches and fever. In some instances, kidney damage can occur. Infusion therapy works to keep the risk of mild to severe symptoms at a minimal level.

There are potential drawbacks for patients to consider as well. Some patients do not prefer going into the office for each treatment, although it is typically only required several times a month at most. There are also potential side effects, which are typically minor and go away within 24 hours if they do occur. The most common side effects for patients to be mindful of include dizziness, nausea, upset stomach and fatigue. Our staff works closely with patients to minimize the risk of side effects from infusion therapy for lupus treatment and to ensure that they do not worsen or linger if they do develop. 

Consult with us

We encourage anyone with lupus who experiences frequent symptoms to get in touch with us today to learn more about infusion therapy and the benefits of treatment.  We guide each patient through the process, and our friendly team is always here to answer questions.

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Anika Alar MD is located at
7328 Stonerock cir.
Orlando, FL
32836

(407) 209-3711