Biologic Infusion Site

Biologic Infusion Site

Biologic Infusion Site services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

Biologic infusions deliver powerful medications directly into your bloodstream. Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc has offices with access to a dedicated biologic infusion site in Plymouth and La Porte, Indiana, as well as on Generations Drive in South Bend, Indiana, and in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street. To find out how biologic infusions can help with conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive system disorders, call your nearest Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office today to book your appointment.

Biologic Infusion Site Q & A

What is a biologic infusion?

Biologic infusions are liquid medications that you receive through an intravenous (IV) needle in one of your arm veins. Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc has a comfortable, relaxing biologic infusion site where patients can receive their treatment in peace.

Biologics are medications made from living substances rather than artificial and chemical compounds. Biologics use antibodies to prevent the actions of certain proteins in your body, for example, the ones that cause inflammation.

Biologics are more precise than other medicines because they target something specific. Traditional medications have a blanket effect, working on all your tissues. They can cause problematic side effects, and much of the dose might have no impact on your condition. Biologics are more selective.

Why might I need a biologic infusion site?

Your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc might recommend biologic infusions if you’re not benefitting from other treatments for disorders like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) are autoimmune disorders that cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal system’s tissues.

Both diseases are incurable and can cause symptoms that often become severe and life-changing. Although the problems patients experience vary, they might include abdominal and rectal pain, diarrhea, unintended weight loss, rectal bleeding, and ulceration.

Anti-inflammatory medications help control the symptoms of IBD. You might need to take immunosuppressants if you have severe IBD that isn’t improving with drugs like mesalamine and steroids. Patients whose symptoms still don’t get better could benefit from biologics. The best (and sometimes only) way to deliver biologics for IBD is through an infusion.

Your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc might also prescribe biologic infusions for patients with a clostridium difficile (CDIF) infection. Biologics target the toxin the CDIF bacteria create and help to prevent reinfection.

What might be in my biologic infusion?

The contents of your biologic infusion vary depending on why you need the treatment. 

CDIF infection benefits from Bezlotoxumab biologic infusions. IBD is treatable with several different kinds of biologics.

These include anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents like adalimumab and infliximab, integrin receptor antagonists like natalizumab and vedolizumab, and the interleukin-12 and -23 antagonist ustekinumab. 

Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc also offers iron infusions and IV hydration to combat problems like chronic fatigue, anemia, and dehydration.

To find out more about Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc’s biologic infusion site, call the office today.