Neurology Specialists located in West Ashley, Charleston, SC, Mt. Pleasant, SC & Goose Creek, SC
Intravenous (IV) infusions allow you to receive a precise dose of medication and, in many cases, get faster relief from your symptoms. The experienced professionals at Tidewater Neurology offer IV infusions in the comfort of their office, providing essential treatments for a wide range of conditions from migraines and multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's disease. If you have questions about IV infusions or need to schedule treatment, call the office in Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, or the West Ashley area of Charleston, South Carolina, or request an appointment online today.
IV Infusions Q & A
What are IV infusions?
IV infusions deliver essential medications directly into your bloodstream. When you get an IV infusion, your provider can precisely control the dose of your medication, as well as the rate at which it enters your bloodstream.
Both factors ensure you receive the most effective treatment for many diseases. IV infusion treatments also provide faster relief from your symptoms since they don't take time to travel through the digestive tract.
When might I need an IV infusion?
You may need an IV infusion because you can’t take some drugs orally. For example, biologics are advanced medications made from proteins produced by living cells. These proteins can't survive the stomach acids and enzymes in your digestive tract, so delivery must be through an IV infusion.
Some patients may have a medical or physical reason for not taking oral medications. With an IV infusion, they can still get the medicine they need.
What conditions benefit from IV infusions?
IV infusions treat many diseases, including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer's disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Inflammatory conditions
- Neurological and chronic pain
Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy treats patients with antibody deficiencies and other conditions.
What should I expect during my IV infusion?
Tidewater Neurology provides IV infusions in a comfortable room, where you can relax while getting the medication you need. Though side effects aren't common, highly trained staff constantly monitor your health during IV infusions, prepared to recognize and quickly treat any problems that arise.
The procedure involves inserting a needle into a blood vessel. If you have needle anxiety, talk with your provider before your infusion. They have years of experience administering IVs to people with anxiety. Their technique virtually eliminates pain, and they may use a topical anesthetic to eliminate potential discomfort.
Once the needle is in place, you sit back and wait for the transfusion to finish. In some cases, that could take several hours. However, your provider explains all the details before your infusion.
If you need an ongoing series of IV infusions, your provider may recommend getting a central line or port. Both stay in place as long as you need IV infusions, allowing you to avoid multiple needle sticks.
If you need IV infusion therapy, call Tidewater Neurology or request an appointment online today.