Infusion Therapy

Infusions are medication injections that work to modify your immune system’s reaction causing multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks. Infusion therapy can help lower risk of future MS attacks and disability progression. It might also improve MS symptoms.

SLOWING MS IN ITS TRACKS

The Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis has different locations throughout the Tristate. Patients come to us for our team of subspecialists, who focus on managing and delaying MS and other neuroimmunological conditions.

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At UC Health, our expert team is on the forefront of scientific breakthroughs in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. We bring a comprehensive approach to accurate diagnosis and treatment. Our subspecialized physicians are dedicated to delivering innovative, personalized care to help patients manage their symptoms and discover hope in their diagnoses.

To schedule an appointment, please call the UC Health Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis at 513-475-8730.

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Answers to Your Infusion Therapy Questions

Infusion therapy is the delivery of medication into your vein to slow or manage the progression of MS. It’s highly effective and can help limit future flare-ups and disability progression. 

The medications can cause serious side effects. You need to be closely monitored during your infusions, and they should only be performed by experienced staff.

You can expect each infusion to take several hours. Your exact type of infusion and the time it takes may be different from other patients. Your treatment will be customized for your disease and its progression. We monitor you and adjust your medication regularly.

We offer both private and semi-private infusion therapy rooms. Patients can also benefit from our integrative medicine services, which includes relaxation programs, meditation and more. Your experience is very important to us, and we’ll do everything we can to help make it comfortable.

UC Health offers the following types of infusion therapies:

  • Tysabri  (natalizumab)—This medication is used to treat patients with relapsing forms of MS.
  • Lemtrada (alemtuzumab)—This medication is used to treat patients with relapsing forms of MS who have had a poor response to two or more MS therapies.
  • Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)—This medication is used to treat patients with relapsing or primary progressive forms of MS.

The side effects of infusion therapy can range from mild to severe depending on the patient.  Each infused drug has its own potential side effects.

  • Mild—Rashes, itching, hives.
  • Moderate—Tachycardia, shortness of breath, swelling in mouth, lips or throat.
  • Severe—Could be life threatening.

Infusion therapy can help reduce the severity and length of an MS relapse. It can also help patients manage symptoms, delay the progression of the disease and limit new flare-ups.

Infusion therapies are generally recommended for patients who have a poor prognosis or have aggressive MS. Discuss with your provider whether infusion therapy is right for you.

Infusion therapies are meant to help delay the progression of MS and limit new flare-ups. There is no cure for MS.

Why UC Health

Experience and Expertise

Pioneer in Infusion Therapy

UC Health was part of the original clinical trial for the first MS infusion drug, Ocrevus (Ocrelizumab). We’re among the most experienced providers in the U.S. and have provided patients with infusions since 2012.

Experienced Nurses

Infusion therapy requires experienced nurses who know what to expect during treatment and how to coordinate care with other team members and physicians. Our patients have access to our entire care team, and our nurses are experts in infusion therapy.

Advanced Technology

We offer leading-edge tools for diagnosis, from imaging to lab work. It helps us deliver more effective treatments, faster.

Convenient Locations

With two locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, we seek to make infusion therapy as easy as possible with services close to where you live.

A Team of Subspecialists

Our physicians all have advanced training in MS and neuroimmunology. Our team includes many experts, from specialties like neurology, radiology, psychology, social work and more, all dedicated to providing you with expert, world-class care.

Experienced Providers

Since our founding in 2002, we’ve cared for more than 3,000 patients a year and offer more than 20 clinical trials annually.

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Referring Physicians: Success and Provider Toolbox

We are committed to providing optimal care to your patient and open communication with you. We understand that as a referring physician, you need to be kept informed on your patient’s progress. That’s why we set up a toolbox to share detailed information about your patient’s health with you.

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