Infusion Therapy for MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
At IDYLLIC Infusion Therapy Center, we have been providing expert care for patients with complex autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, including multiple sclerosis, for over 15 years. Our outpatient infusion centers offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to hospital-based services!
Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals, from pre-authorization and scheduling specialists to physicians and nurses, is committed to providing helpful, knowledgeable, and compassionate care. We understand the unique challenges faced by patients with MS and strive to make your infusion experience as comfortable as possible.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective coating of nerve cells, leading to communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. The symptoms of MS vary widely and can include fatigue, difficulty walking, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, problems with coordination and balance, vision problems, and cognitive difficulties.
Understanding Infusion Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
Infusion therapy is one of the treatment options available for managing multiple sclerosis. It involves the administration of medications directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) line. Infusion treatments for MS typically consist of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which aim to slow disease progression, manage symptoms, and reduce the frequency and severity of relapses or flare-ups.
How Effective Are Infusions for MS?
Infusion therapies have shown effectiveness in treating multiple sclerosis by slowing down the progression of the disease and reducing the frequency of relapses. These treatments target the immune system’s reaction that leads to nerve cell damage, helping to preserve neurological function and relieve symptoms in patients with relapsing forms of MS.
OCREVUS ® for MS Treatment
One specific infusion medication commonly used in the treatment of MS is OCREVUS®. It is a humanized monoclonal antibody that selectively targets and depletes specific B lymphocytes, a type of immune cell involved in the autoimmune response associated with MS. OCREVUS® has been approved for use in relapsing forms of MS as well as primary progressive MS, offering a treatment option for a broader range of patients.
Infusion Therapy: Before, During, and After Treatment
Before starting infusion therapy, your healthcare provider will evaluate your condition and discuss the potential benefits and risks of the treatment. This includes conducting blood tests and assessing your overall health. During the infusion, you will receive the medication through an infusion pump, which delivers the prescribed dosage at a controlled rate, under the care of one of our medical professionals. After the treatment, you may be monitored for a short period to ensure there are no immediate infusion reactions or side effects.
Possible Side Effects of Infusion Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
While infusion therapies for multiple sclerosis are generally safe, they can be associated with certain side effects. Common side effects may include nausea, headache, swelling, or reactions at the injection site. Rare but serious side effects can include allergic reactions or life-threatening conditions such as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection. It’s important to discuss any concerns or symptoms with your healthcare provider.
The IDYLLIC Experience for Multiple Sclerosis Infusions
IDYLLIC Infusion Treatment Center adheres to best clinical practices and exceeds rigorous standards to deliver services that improve patients’ lives and eliminate the challenges and costs associated with hospital-based treatments. We work closely with referring providers to ensure a seamless and comprehensive approach to treating MS and other conditions.
In our soothing infusion centers, we offer amenities such as pillow-top recliners, individualized TV or tablet options, snacks and beverages, warm blankets, power outlets, and high-speed Wi-Fi. We prioritize your safety by assigning a supervising, on-site healthcare provider for every infusion we provide, ensuring that you receive the highest level of care.
If you have questions about our infusion therapies or would like to discuss your specific needs, please give us a call. Our team is here to support you on your journey to managing multiple sclerosis and achieving a better quality of life through effective treatment!