Remicade® & Iron Infusion Services
Austin Gastroenterology provides infusion services for patients receiving Remicade® and iron infusions. The infusion center also provides vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, vitamin B12 injections, and PPD skin testing.
Our infusion center is a convenient alternative from the hospital setting. Located adjacent to the Austin Endoscopy Center I at 8015 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 300, the center is open Monday – Friday from 6 am – 4:30 pm.
Our infusion center is staffed with registered nurses who have been specially trained in delivering IV medications for inflammatory bowel disease and iron-deficiency anemia. Because most visits can be 2 hours or longer, we offer a comfortable environment that includes individual recliner chairs, cable TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Remicade (infliximab) infusion therapy is a biologic treatment used for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) in adults and children. Biologics are laboratory-produced antibodies that stop certain proteins in the body from causing inflammation. Remicade can help patients achieve and maintain remission, which is defined as the resolution of symptoms by controlling inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
Unlike other medications that may affect the whole body, Remicade directly targets the factors responsible for IBD, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), a protein that promotes inflammation in the intestine as well as other organs and tissues.
That’s why Remicade is called an anti-TNF agent. Not only does it decrease the symptoms of IBD, but it also helps heal the intestine.
What to Expect
If your doctor thinks you can benefit from this medication, he or she will refer you to our infusion center for intravenous administration of Remicade. Each treatment lasts 2 to 4 hours. After the first dose, you will receive the next two doses at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. Subsequent infusions are administered every 6 to 8 weeks.
After starting infusion therapy with Remicade, some may experience a rapid improvement in symptoms while for others it might take up to 8 weeks.
Iron is a mineral produced by the human body. It is one of the components of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps blood carry oxygen throughout the body.
Iron-deficiency anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t make enough iron to produce hemoglobin. If you have this condition, you will need to supplement your body with iron. If you can’t tolerate oral iron supplements or you need to replace iron quickly, your doctor may refer you for intravenous (IV) iron infusions.
What to Expect
Iron infusions may take up to several hours to administer, usually over the course of several visits until your iron levels are correct. After starting iron infusion therapy, it may take from 1 to 4 weeks before you start to feel better.
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