Lupus Infusion Therapy

With local centers across the country, Lupus patients requiring ongoing biologic infusions or injections relax in privacy and comfort during treatment.

Redefine your care experience

Private Suites

Guaranteed for all patients, with leather recliners and chairs for guests

On Your Schedule

Local centers offer flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends

Goodbye Waiting

Greeted by name at check-in, patient suites are always ready when you arrive

Sit Back and Relax

Cable TV, Netflix, and more so you can catch up on your favorite shows

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic disease that can manifest itself in different ways. It is an autoimmune condition, characterized by relapses and remissions that occur frequently. Lupus causes widespread inflammation, which affects organs such as the kidneys, blood cells, heart, lungs, joints, nervous system, and skin.

How is Lupus Diagnosed and Treated?

Lupus typically presents with a set of three main symptoms — fever, rash, and joint pain. Some patients also experience fatigue, muscle aches, and weight loss. Diagnosis is based on laboratory tests and an assessment of clinical findings, which leads to a focus on treatment options. For patients with more moderate-to-severe cases of lupus, doctors will recommend intravenous infusion therapy, or IV therapy, as the next route.

How Does IV Infusion Therapy for Lupus Work?

IV infusion treatment for lupus provides medication intravenously and is an option for those who are not able to tolerate oral treatment. During infusion therapy, a catheter is placed into a vein, and an infusion pump sends medication through the catheter and into the body. An IV infusion for lupus ranges in how long the medicine is administered depending on the level of treatment necessary — some can take around 25 minutes, while others are up to several hours.

Many lupus patients choose to get their IV infusion treatment through a freestanding treatment center, such as IVX Health. Lupus patients often choose IVX Health as their preferred site of care because of its unique, patient-centered amenities, including private suites, its industry-leading 1:3 nurse-to-patient ratio, flexible appointment scheduling, and lower cost when compared to the hospital.

Lupus Therapies Administered at IVX Health

The following infusion and injection therapies are administered at IVX Health.

Our Lupus Formulary

Managing Lupus at IVX Health

When patients come to IVX Health, they receive their IV infusion treatment for lupus while relaxing in comfortable, leather recliners in private suites. IVX accommodates space for guests, along with high-speed WiFi and large, flat-screen TVs.

IVX Health also understands the value of time. With flexible options for appointment scheduling – including evenings and weekends – patients can receive their lupus IV treatment around their schedule. At IVX, patients never wait as they are greeted by name and escorted immediately to their private suite. No waiting makes appointments faster and more efficient, while reducing unnecessary exposure between patients.

What to Expect During IV Infusion Treatment for Lupus

During an IV infusion treatment for lupus at IVX Health, people should expect that their procedure will be very similar to the below:

  1. The first step in the infusion treatment at IVX Health involves the nurse using a thin, small catheter to create the patient’s intravenous line (aka IV line). This IV line is typically placed in the arm.
  2. Once the IV line is in place, the nurse connects the medication to this line.
  3. A registered nurse or nurse practitioner will continually monitor each patient throughout the entire process.

During the infusion, patients are encouraged to relax, unwind, and enjoy themselves by catching up on a favorite show or surfing the web. If patients need assistance, they may simply press the call button and one of the IVX team members will be right in.

It is important to note that an IV infusion treatment for lupus has the potential to cause side effects. Some of these can be severe, and it may be necessary to switch the patient to a different lupus IV treatment medication to reduce the potential for an adverse event. The most common side effects of an IV infusion for lupus are an increased risk of infection, problems with liver function, ulcers or sore developing around the mouth, and allergic reactions developing within 24 hours of treatment. Any change to a patient’s prescribed treatment regimen should only be made in consultation with the patient’s referring physician.


How to Get a Referral for Lupus Treatment

Getting a referral for infusion therapy is required to be treated at IVX Health. An order, information about the patient, and clinical documentation to support the order are all required. The patient’s referring physician will need to send this information to IVX Health.

  • Order information – This must include provider name, address, phone/fax information, NPI#, and provider signature.
  • Patient demographics – The patient’s name, insurance information, address, and phone are needed.
  • Supporting documentation – Height and weight, TB skin test results, and other lab work is all included here.

IVX Health is committed to helping providers and patients navigate the referral process. Interested in more information? Contact us, and we will be happy to help.

The infusion experience is a tough one. So to create this serene, peaceful environment means more than you will ever know.

Jennifer, Patient at IVX Health

Lupus Blog

After visiting with your primary care physician to discuss your ongoing digestive and bowel issues, you’ve now been referred to a gastroenterologist (GI) who specializes in treating chronic forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). You fear you may receive a diagnosis of a condition like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The range of treatments for those with IBD can vary, from alterations in diet to the prescription of a biologic infusion therapy such as RemicadeEntyvioTysabri, or other medication.

Starting a new medication of any kind – especially an ongoing biologic infusion – often brings fear and anxiety with its prescription. What should you do to prepare? What should you expect? What happens afterwards? Whether you’re new to Remicade (infliximab) infusions or have been receiving Remicade (or an infliximab biosimilar such as Avsola, Inflectra, or Renflexis) infusions for years, we’ve provided tips to making infusion day at IVX Health just a bit more manageable. 

Many East Tennessee patients with complex chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis make the journey to into a larger city such as Knoxville, Chattanooga or Morristown regularly to receive biologic infusions. These infusions are typically given every 4-8 weeks, which means that patients not only spend more time in the car, but they often need to find dining options for breakfast, lunch or dinner before or after their infusion.



IVX Health would love to learn more about your care needs. If you’re interested in switching your infusion services – or if you just want to learn more – let us know.