ENTYVIO® Infusion Therapy
Doctors prescribe ENTYVIO infusion therapy (vedolizumab) for many patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ENTYVIO infusion therapy is prescribed after other medications have not been effective. Though there isn’t a cure for IBD, it can help patients live a more comfortable life with fewer flare-ups.
About ENTYVIO® Infusion Therapy
ENTYVIO is a brand-name prescription medication with the active ingredient vedolizumab. It can lessen and control symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. ENTYVIO infusion therapy is a biologic, a class of drugs made from laboratory-grown living antibodies that target specific areas of the body.
Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease have often tried other medications and treatment options before their physician recommends ENTYVIO infusion therapy. Clinical studies of patients on ENTYVIO infusion therapy have shown it is effective in putting symptoms associated with these chronic illnesses into a remission stage.
Conditions Treated by ENTYVIO® Infusion Therapy
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ENTYVIO infusion therapy to treat ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two types of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause inflammation that leads to abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.
In both diseases, abnormal reactions of the immune systems cause inflammation. Patients with ulcerative colitis have inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine, while patients with Crohn’s disease have inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
There isn’t a cure for either illness, but symptoms may be lessened and controlled with the help of ENTYVIO infusion therapy.
The out-of-pocket ENTYVIO cost will vary depending on your insurance coverage. If you have questions about your coverage, you should contact your insurance provider.
Many patients with commercial insurance qualify for the ENTYVIO Co-pay Program which can help cover the ENTYVIO cost. For more information on ENTYVIO cost and financial resources, you may visit https://www.entyvio.com/copay-support.
No patient should go without necessary treatment due to financial limitations. If you have questions about ENTYVIO cost or financial assistance opportunities, contact a member of our FlexCare team.
What to Expect During ENTYVIO® Infusion Therapy
ENTYVIO Side Effects
As with any medication, ENTYVIO side effects or allergic reactions are always possible. Before your first infusion, the FlexCare team will ensure you are aware of the benefits and risks of ENTYVIO infusion therapy and what to expect following your infusion.
Most ENTYVIO side effects are mild and could include colds, headaches, joint pain, throat and nose infections, rash and itching, or injection site swelling. Consult your referring provider if you have concerns about ENYTIVO side effects.
ENTYVIO Infusion Therapy at FlexCare
At FlexCare Infusion Centers, our priorities are always patient communication, comfort, and convenience. We will communicate with you and your referring physician throughout your ENTYVIO infusion, which takes place in our comfortable infusion suites with heated massage chairs, streaming audio and video, desk space, and more. Finally, our convenient evening and weekend hours will help you schedule the treatment you need at a time that works for you.
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Getting Started With Infusion Therapy
If you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease and are interested in receiving ENTYVIO infusion therapy, talk to your doctor about sending us a referral.
If you have any questions, you can also contact FlexCare directly. We look forward to helping you soon.