It's sometimes necessary to deliver medication by an intravenous (IV) injection or infusion to get its full benefit. With infusion therapy, the fluids are sent directly into your bloodstream through the vein using a needle or tube. Peter Martinez-Noda, DO offers infusion therapy for his patients in and around the Miami, Florida area. The infusion therapy allows Dr. Martinez-Noda to give you multiple doses of medication that are safe and effective, without having to inject you with a needle each time. If you're curious about IV therapy, book an appointment with Dr. Martinez-Noda today.
Infusion therapy is a process of administering medication through a needle or catheter that directly into the vein. Dr. Martinez-Noda prescribes it when a patient’s condition has grown so severe that oral medications are no longer effective.
Infusion therapy can also be used as a method of rehydration and to administer vitamin "cocktails" to rebalance the body. The “traditional” prescription drug therapies that are most commonly associated with infusion therapy include:
"Specialty" infusions can also be provided to treat a wide assortment of chronic and rare diseases. Some examples include blood factors, corticosteroids, growth hormones, erythropoietin, immunoglobulin, infliximab, inotropic heart medications, natalizumab and more.
The most common diseases that require infusion therapy include infections that no longer respond to oral antibiotics. Gastrointestinal disorders -- where your gastrointestinal system doesn't function correctly -- are also treatable with infusion therapy. Other examples of infusion therapies include:
Specialty infusions are used to treat Crohn's Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, and some cancer.
Dr. Martinez-Noda must first determine the exact type of fluid you require for your treatment. He also considers the amount and rate at which the fluid is delivered.
Then, a nurse will disinfect the skin at the injection site which is usually on the arm crease. The nurse locates a vein at the site and carefully inserts an IV catheter into it. There may be an initial pinch, but once the IV is inserted there should be little or no pain.
Adjustments are made to the IV to set it to the correct rate of flow. You will be checked on regularly to ensure you’re doing well and that the IV is administering the fluid correctly. Afterward, Dr. Martinez-Noda will discuss any follow-up care that you may need.