Infusions

Infusion therapies (intravenous medications) are provided at each of our four locations. Newer biologic medications may be used in the treatment of a variety of illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, iritis, ankylosing spondylitis and advanced metabolic and biologic agents may soon be administered for conditions such as osteoporosis, vasculitis, certain inflammatory muscle conditions, etc. These important new therapies have radically changed the treatment of many immunologic based diseases, and have given new hope to many patients. AARA has a dedicated staff of infusion nurses who frequently consult with the treating rheumatologist regarding the particular needs of the infusion patient.

Infusion Information and Instructions

Welcome to AARA infusion center.  We want your experience to be a positive one and we think you will find our staff and facilities pleasant, friendly and accommodating.

We have five offices and each office has its own infusion center.  Our professional nurses are experienced, knowledgeable and work hard to give the best care possible.  The rooms are equipped with reclining chairs and although we do not have private rooms, we think you will find the atmosphere comfortable and relaxing.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate family or friends as our chairs are reserved for patients only.

We offer bottled water and snacks while you are getting your infusions and you are welcome to bring a lunch or snack if you need to.  Our facilities have TV’s and you also may bring a book, laptop, DVD player with ear phones.

We do ask that you not talk on your phone while you are in the infusion center out of respect for other patients.

Before your Infusion

  1. Your physician will discuss your infusion options with you.
  2. Your physician will then order blood tests, TB test, and a chest x-ray if you have not had one recently.
  3. While these tests are completed and the results are reviewed by your physician,
  4. The Infusion Coordinator will then get approval from your insurance.
  5. The Infusion Coordinator will call you to schedule the first couple of infusions.

Some of our medications require us to pre-medicate you. These pre-medications may include, but are not limited to: Tylenol, Benadryl or Claritin, and Solumedrol. Please have a ride available in case you are a little drowsy after your infusion.

Times may vary for each infusion, below is a list of our infusion medications and the estimated time it will take including prep-time which ones commonly require pre-medication.

MedicationTimePre-medications
Actemra1 hr 15minnone
Benlysta1 hr 20minnone
Boniva15 minnone
Cimzia30minnone
Orencia45minnone
Prolia15minnone
Remicade2 hoursTylenol, Benadryl or Claritin
Rituxan5 hoursTylenol, Benadryl, Solumedrol
Simponi Aria35 minnone
Tysabri2 hoursnone
Zoledronic Acid20 minTylenol recommended
IVIG2 – 3 hoursnone

We thank you for choosing AARA infusion centers and look forward to caring for you.  If you have any questions regarding your infusion, please call our main line and ask for the infusion coordinators.

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