What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy is a medical term defined as the intravenous or subcutaneous administration of medication through a needle or catheter (non-oral).
Infusion therapy has a variety of uses including within pain management, chemotherapy and the treatment of infectious diseases. The primary advantage of infusion therapy over other delivery methods is the precision of medication delivery. And thanks to numerous technological advancements, infusion therapy no longer needs to be used within a hospital setting, but thanks to ambulatory infusion suites, in the comfort of patients home.
Types of Infusion Therapy Treatments
Infusion therapy is appropriate for a range of possible treatment applications to support patients requiring support for bleeding disorders, neurological disorders, nutrition, chronic inflammatory disorders and other specialized therapies.
What Drugs are used in Infusion Therapy?
The type of drug or combination of medications administered through infusion therapy will be dependent on the instruction provided by your prescribing physician. The most common types of medications/drugs administered through Option Care Health extensive network include antibiotics such as vancomycin, meropenem, and gentamicin, antifungals such as micafungin and amphotericin, drugs for low blood pressure such as dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dobutamine, and immunoglobulin medications (IVIG).
How Long Does Infusion Therapy Take?
The length of treatment is unique to each patient and can vary based on the severity of the condition. Consult with your physician to learn more about the length of time you’ll need infusion therapy treatments.
Learn more about infusion therapy in the Option Health Care Guide for Patients
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