1894.jpegMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, affecting the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms can range from numbness and fatigue to more severe disability, significantly impacting individuals' daily lives, careers, and relationships. While there is no known cure for MS, there are various treatment options available that can help manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

Infusion therapy, particularly for those with certain forms of MS, has emerged as one such tool in managing MS. This treatment involves administering medication directly into the bloodstream, allowing for faster absorption and often more effective symptom management. The benefits of infusion therapy include a potential reduction in the frequency of relapses, slower disease progression, and an enhanced quality of life, making it a promising option for many.

If you or a loved one is navigating life with MS and seeking an effective treatment method, Smart Infusion Therapy Services welcomes you to explore the benefits of infusion therapy. Schedule a consultation today to learn how we can help you manage your symptoms and lead a fuller life.

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Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is a complex autoimmune disorder where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, specifically the myelin sheath, a protective covering that surrounds nerve fibers in the central nervous system. This can lead to diminished nerve function, causing a wide array of symptoms that vary greatly from person to person.

Common symptoms include vision problems, muscle weakness, coordination and balance difficulties, sensations of numbness or tingling, and cognitive and emotional changes. Due to the variable nature of these attacks on the nervous system, MS can be unpredictable, with periods of remission and flare-ups, making the course of the disease hard to forecast.

This unpredictability underscores the importance of personalized care in managing MS. Since no two individuals experience MS in the exact same way, treatment plans must be tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. Personalized care may involve a combination of medication to manage symptoms and slow disease progression, physical therapy to improve mobility and function, and counseling to address the psychological impact of living with a chronic illness.

Recognizing and adapting to the individual's changing needs over time is crucial in providing the most effective support and improving their overall quality of life.

The Role of Infusion Therapy in Managing MS

Infusion therapy involves directly delivering medications into a patient's bloodstream, usually in an outpatient clinical setting. This method allows for medications that either cannot be effectively administered orally or require a more rapid absorption to be used efficiently.

For MS patients, infusion therapy typically involves the administration of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). These DMTs are designed to modify the course of MS, reducing the frequency and severity of flare-ups and slowing the progression of disability.

The benefits of infusion therapy in MS are significant.

  • Better Dosing: Infusion therapy allows for more precise dosages, ensuring the patient receives the correct amount of medication at each treatment. This precision helps in minimizing the relapses and potentially reducing the accumulation of lesions in the brain and spinal cord, which is common in MS.
  • Better Absorption: Similarly, because the medication is administered directly into the bloodstream, it bypasses the digestive system, allowing the full strength of the medication to be utilized by the body more quickly and efficiently.
  • Reduced Patient Burden: Compared to other methods of administering medication, such as injections or oral medications that require frequent dosing, infusion therapy may be less burdensome on patients' daily routines. Depending on the treatment plan, patients may only need to undergo infusion therapy once every few weeks or months.
  • Enhanced Symptom Relief: Infusion therapy has been shown to provide more effective symptom relief for MS patients compared to other forms of medication administration. This is due in part to the rapid absorption and more precise dosing allowed by this method.

Receiving treatment in a clinical setting also allows patients to be closely monitored by healthcare professionals, who can immediately address any side effects or complications. This comprehensive approach significantly enhances the quality of care and support provided to MS patients, contributing to an improved quality of life despite the challenges of living with a chronic condition.

Types of Infusion Therapies for MS

At Smart Infusion Therapy Services, we offer a variety of infusion therapies to accommodate the diverse needs of our patients. For those with MS, two stand out for their efficacy and patient outcomes: Tysabri and Ocrevus.


Tysabri (natalizumab) is an intravenous (IV) therapy specifically approved for adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. This treatment works by inhibiting immune cells in the bloodstream from reaching the brain and spinal cord, thereby reducing inflammation and flare-ups associated with MS.

The benefits of Tysabri include a significant reduction in the frequency of relapse episodes and a slowing of physical disability progression. It is typically administered once every four weeks.


Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) is another IV therapy approved for both relapsing and primary progressive forms of MS. This treatment works by targeting a specific type of immune cell involved in the development of MS. By reducing these cells' activity, Ocrevus can significantly slow the progression of the disease and reduce the frequency of relapses.

Ocrevus is administered once every six months and has been shown to be highly effective in slowing disability progression and improving the overall quality of life for MS patients.

Choosing between Tysabri and Ocrevus involves considering the patient's specific form of MS, their overall health, and lifestyle. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your unique needs.

Preparing for Your Infusion Therapy

Preparing for your first infusion therapy appointment can feel overwhelming, but knowing what to expect can help ease any anxiety or concerns. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for your infusion therapy:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of your appointment. Hydration can help make it easier to insert the IV and can enhance your overall feeling of wellbeing during the process.
  2. Wear Comfortable Clothing: Choose loose-fitting clothing, especially on the arm where the IV will be placed. Comfort can significantly impact your experience, especially during treatments that may last for several hours.
  3. Bring Snacks & Entertainment: Although our infusion centers do provide snacks and entertainment options, it can be a good idea to bring your own, especially those that cater to your personal preferences. Books, tablets, and portable video game consoles can be great companions during your treatment.
  4. Have a Driver: Some medications administered during infusion therapy can cause drowsiness or other side effects that might impair your ability to drive. Arranging for a friend or family member to take you home is a safe choice.

During the infusion therapy, one of our healthcare professionals will insert an IV line into your vein. The process is monitored closely to ensure the medication is administered properly and to manage any immediate side effects if they occur.

The length of your treatment can vary depending on the type of medication being delivered. With a 3:1 nurse-to-patient ratio, our team will be there to ensure your comfort and safety, so feel free to ask questions or express any concerns you might have.

After your appointment, it's common to experience some fatigue, so we advise taking it easy for the rest of the day. Drink plenty of fluids and follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare team.

It's also important to monitor for any side effects and report them to your doctor. While most side effects are mild and manageable, your healthcare provider can offer advice on how to relieve them and determine if they require further management.

Why Choose Smart Infusion for Your Care

At Smart Infusion Therapy Services, we pride ourselves on offering unparalleled care facilitated by our dedicated and experienced staff. Our personalized approach ensures that each patient's unique needs and circumstances are at the forefront of their treatment plan, fostering an environment where individuals feel supported every step of the way. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed with your comfort and safety in mind, ensuring that your treatment is not just effective but also a positive experience. Additionally, our multiple locations across Wisconsin, in Eau ClaireMadison,  and Wausau, underscore our commitment to accessibility and convenience. We understand that proximity to care is crucial for our patients, and by offering several locations, we strive to reduce travel stress and make your ongoing treatment as seamless as possible.

The potential of infusion therapy in significantly transforming the lives of individuals with multiple sclerosis is profound. It provides a promising avenue for managing symptoms, slowing disease progression, and improving quality of life through advanced, targeted treatments. Our team at Smart Infusion is dedicated to harnessing this potential to its fullest, providing cutting-edge care that is tailored to the specific needs of our MS patients.

If you or a loved one are navigating the challenges of multiple sclerosis, we encourage you to reach out to Smart Infusion Therapy Services. Learn more about how our expert care, convenient locations, and advanced treatment options can make a tangible difference in your life. 

Are you ready to find out what infusion therapy can do for you? Request an appointment with Smart Infusion Therapy Services today and get started on your journey to better health. We look forward to seeing you!

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