Taking RA biologics
When I went for my first infusion, I was nervous because you walk in and you see a lot of beds lined up, and you see little bags hanging from things, and you see needles. And not being a needle lover, but I had convinced myself that I must do this, and I think the atmosphere had a lot to do with it. And it turned out to be the people who really made it happen for me. And after a while it was a bunch of friends getting together and talking and reading and forgetting about anything we were hooked up to. And everybody is so caring and good. And just the fact that you might go home and they worry about you, they call you when you get home just to make sure everything is cool. And to me, that's kind of the sort of medical thing that you would like to have happen is that people really do care about you, and I've gotten that out of it. And I've gotten so I feel the same way about them. I never thought I could do anything like that, and now through the years, it has just become part of my life, and it makes me feel so good. And so what's a little needle once in a while.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) biologics come in two main forms — injections and infusions. The most important decision you and your doctor will make is choosing the right medication. Only then will you discuss the form it takes. Each form has its advantages and disadvantages. By speaking with your doctor, you can determine which form, and which medication, is best for you.
RA biologics given by self-injection
At first, you may be uncomfortable about the thought of getting an injection for your RA. But you may be surprised to find you get used to it over time. With the help of your doctor or nurse, you can learn to give yourself an injection. This may seem difficult at first. But many find that the more they do it, the easier it becomes.
RA biologics given by IV infusion
With an intravenous (IV) infusion, medication is delivered as a liquid through a needle directly into a vein. The length of the infusion will depend on the type of medication.
An infusion is usually given by a nurse at your doctor's office, in a hospital, in an infusion center and, in some cases, at your home. The nurse will be there to set up the infusion and to care for you during the process.
Some people prefer to receive injections because of the convenience of administering the medicine themselves. Others prefer infusions because they are given less frequently, and people are more comfortable leaving the needles to the healthcare professionals. Most people become used to either method, so the goal is to find the treatment that works best for you. You and your doctor should discuss your treatment options.
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Glossary Of Terms
biologic DMARD(disease modifying antirheumatic drug)
The newest type of medicine to treat the signs and symptoms of RA. More...
A nurse who administers and monitors the infusion process. More...
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