Remicade is a highly effective medication used to treat Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, conditions commonly seen at Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County. It must be administered by intravenous (IV) infusion, and generally takes about 2 hours. Our Remicade patients are treated in our Bridgeport Office, where our RN infusion specialists go to great lengths to make the patient experience a pleasant one. The nurse inserts an IV into the patient’s arm and secures it in place with tape. She then starts the infusion as prescribed by your doctor. She will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature before administering the Remicade and at various times throughout the infusion. In addition to the nurse, a doctor or physician assistant is always on the premises. While patients will have the opportunity to ask questions at any point, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor prior to your first treatment.
In addition to serving as a site for the administration of Remicade, Gastroenterology Associates has a wonderful, experienced nursing staff that can assist with the administration of various medications given by injection, including Interferon for hepatitis, Humira for Crohn’s disease, etc. Depending on a patient’s individual needs, our office can provide the education necessary in preparing a patient to self-inject, or serve as a site where patients can come to receive assistance in administering the injection. You let us know what you need, and we will be there to help.