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When oral medications to treat your multiple sclerosis (MS) no longer deliver the best results, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers infusion therapies to help minimize symptoms, slow the progression of neurological disabilities and decrease the risk of future MS attacks.
Our infusion sites are conveniently located across central Ohio:
Every infusion location gives you a variety of scheduling options and we can help you establish a consistent repeat appointment time when available. Each location offers easy access and free surface parking; at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care, you can use paid valet parking weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an onsite valet attendant available until 8 p.m.
An infusion delivers liquid medication using an adjustable pump that’s connected to a catheter or small needle inserted under your skin. The pump allows changes in dosage or length of infusion time. The infusion medications most commonly given to patients with MS are:
Whether you receive one of these four drugs or another infusion medication, your own prescription will be personalized based on the type of MS you have, your symptoms, your sensitivity to potential side effects and how your body responds to initial infusion sessions.
We want regular infusion treatments to cause as little interruption to your life as possible. Having a convenient location for your infusions can make it easier to work MS treatments into your daily routine, and the features of our infusion centers are intended to make you feel more comfortable, relaxed and even more productive during the downtime you must build into your schedule.
Different infusion prescriptions require different timing between dosages. Each patient’s neurologist or nurse can assist with scheduling, or a patient can schedule directly once they have the recommended infusion schedule from their doctor and can compare it to their personal calendar.
To schedule directly, patients can:
Prior to receiving a new drug infusion, your MS care team will review your symptoms and screen for any potential risk factors or health concerns that may impact treatment recommendations.
We’ll consider your entire health history, including prior drug reactions, chronic health concerns, current or prior viral infections, recent vaccinations, the possibility of pregnancy, if you are breastfeeding and what other medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Women should use effective birth control when receiving infusion treatment and for a certain period of time after the last dose, often 12 months. Prior to your infusion, we’ll explain potential infusion reactions and give recommendations for minimizing or preventing them when possible.
In the day of your infusion, we’ll provide as much privacy and comfort as possible during the procedure and will monitor you for any dangerous or unexpected side effects. We’ll review these potential side effects again before your release.
During an infusion, you’ll have access to free Wi-Fi, a remote-controlled television, warm blankets, comfortable furnishings with space for a visitor and a call-button in case you need assistance or have a question.
Whether it’s your first infusion or a repetitive dose of the same medication, we’ll schedule any required monitoring or screening tests during your infusion visit, so you know what upcoming appointments to expect. Your MS care team will continue to monitor changes in symptoms or side effects to adjust future infusions as appropriate.
Infusions, just like every other MS treatment done at Ohio State, is delivered by a health care team that focuses on MS every single day. We have extensive experience with and understand the benefits, risks and side effects of each infusion option, as well as how adjustments in dosage or timing might impact your symptoms. We’re immersed in the latest MS research and know about new infusion drugs even before they’re widely available or still limited to clinical trials.
We’ve always prioritized safety and cleanliness at our infusion suites to reduce the spread of infection and diseases, and we’ve added even more precautions due to COVID-19.
Each patient will be prescreened for any symptoms of illness, including fever. All surfaces in common areas are routinely cleaned and sanitized, as are individual infusion bays prior to each patient use.
Our care team will also use hand sanitizer or wash our hands before we enter and after we leave an infusion bay, and we’ll wear medical-grade masks and gloves.