Infusion treatment is the administration of medication via a needle or catheter, commonly into the blood stream. It is usually given when oral medications are inadequate to treat a condition. Infusions are used to treat infections, cancer, severe pain, dehydration, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other conditions that prevent the gastrointestinal system from functioning normally. Infusion treatment may be administered in a hospital setting, physician office or at home by a skilled professional, through intramuscular, IV or epidural route.
GHG has three convenient locations located throughout the Greater Houston area; Spring, Downtown, and Sugar Land. Our infusion services are coordinated and administered by certified, experienced professionals and a physician is onsite to supervise and assist when needed. We offer convenient times and scheduling in all locations, and staff are available to assist you in working through various financial programs available depending on which medication you are receiving.
Medications commonly administered for gastrointestinal conditions include:
- Remicade® (infliximab): Used in the treatment of Crohn’s disease (body’s immune system attacks the cells of the intestine when certain proteins are produced in excess) and ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease). Remicade acts by inhibiting the action of these proteins, thus reducing inflammation and other symptoms. The treatment is administered intravenously over a period of 2 hours. You are monitored throughout the procedure for side effects. You will require 3 starter doses followed by maintenance therapy. Since these medications inhibit the immune system, it is used with caution.
- Entyvio® (vedolizumab): Used in the treatment of mild forms of the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In these conditions, white blood cells, part of the immune system, are directed to the intestines in increasing numbers causing inflammation and other symptoms. Entyvio acts by blocking this mechanism. It is administered intravenously for about 30 minutes at each session. A starting regimen consisting of three sessions and is usually followed by treatments every eight weeks.
- Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol): Indicated for moderate-to-severe Crohn’s disease resistant to usual therapy. It blocks the action of certain proteins that cause the immune system to attack the intestine. It is available as a powder or solution in a prefilled syringe and is injected under the skin. It is usually administered in an office setting and typically takes less than an hour to receive the injection. Should you choose, you will receive instructions on how to self-administer the medication. Since Cimzia inhibits the immune system, it should be administered with caution.
GHG Infusion – Downtown
4100 S. Shepherd Drive, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77098
GHG Infusion - Spring
2255 E. Mossy Oak Rd Ste. 480
Spring, TX 77389
GHG Infusion – Sugar Land
1111 Highway 6, Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX 77478