Preparing for your REMICADE® infusion
Danielle’s thoughts about infusion day
Danielle is a real person who has received treatment with REMICADE® for moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. Here she talks about some of the things she does on infusion day.
Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for your infusion therapy and feel comfortable during your appointments.
If you have any concerns about your health or how your body may respond to infusion therapy, talk with your doctor before your next infusion appointment. It may be helpful to make a list of questions so that you don’t forget anything.
Discuss your medical history
Your doctor needs to know if you’ve started any new medications since your last visit or if your medical history has changed. Remember to tell him or her about recent flu shots, vaccines, any allergies to medications, the possibility of pregnancy, your current weight, and any symptoms of infection. Also mention if you live or have lived in certain parts of the country (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys) where there is an increased risk for getting certain kinds of fungal infections.
Your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and hepatitis B prior to treatment with REMICADE®.
Eat well and drink plenty of fluids
Make sure you eat a good breakfast or lunch and drink plenty of fluids prior to your appointment. When you are properly hydrated, it’s easier for the nurse to administer the infusion. It’s also important to get a good night’s sleep before your appointment.
You’ll want to be relaxed during your infusion, so consider bringing an extra pillow and blanket to help keep you warm and comfortable.
You should dress comfortably and wear whatever is appropriate for your schedule for the day. Wear loose-fitting clothes in case a nurse needs to take your blood pressure or monitor your heart rate. It may also be a good idea to wear or bring layers, in case you get too warm or too cold.
Limit the use of fragrance or perfume
People receiving their infusions at the same time may be sensitive to, or have allergies to, certain fragrances.
Make the time enjoyable
Your appointment may last several hours, so you might want to bring along books and magazines. Some facilities may offer Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet through your laptop, tablet, MP3 player, or smartphone. If you plan on listening to entertainment, please remember to bring your headphones.