Rheumatoid Arthritis

Frequently Ordered Therapies to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):

RA is a chronic disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joints and is diagnosed by your physician, usually a rheumatologist. Small joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected. Sometimes RA can affect your organs, such as eyes, skin or lungs.

Other signs and symptoms that can occur in RA include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Low fevers
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry eyes and mouth from a related health problem, Sjogren's syndrome
  • Firm lumps, called rheumatoid nodules, which grow beneath the skin in places such as the elbow and hand

IV Care Options will assist to manage these symptoms by administering the following therapies when ordered by your physician.

Rituxan® (Retuximab):

This medication is an antibody therapy that binds to a certain protein in your body to reduce the inflammation you experience.  This infusion can last 4-6 hours.  Your first infusion will be followed by a second infusion in two weeks.  You will then receive an infusion every 4-6 weeks as ordered by your doctor.  To learn more about this medication, visit this site.

Actemra® (Tocilizumab):

This medication, while it can be given under your skin, can be given through your vein.  It works to prohibit a protein that binds to cells and can cause symptoms of RA.  The infusion will last about an hour and will be given every 4 weeks.  How much of the medication that you get is based on your weight.  For more information, visit this site.

Orencia®(abatacept)

Your physician may prescribe this medication to treat your rheumatoid arthritis and while it can be given under your skin, can be given through your vein.  It prohibits certain cells from activating the inflammation process that is RA. This infusion will last 30 minutes and is repeated at 2 and 4 weeks following initial dose.  You will then receive it every 4 weeks and will be monitored for an hour after each infusion.  You can learn more by visiting this site.