IV therapy in general is a minimally invasive medical procedure. Most side effects will be related to the IV procedure itself and may include:
- Redness, tenderness, or swelling at the injection site
- Minor bruising or swelling at the injection site
- Infection (rare)
In addition to these symptoms, it is also possible for some patients to experience an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the infusion. Allergic reactions generally occur during or shortly after the infusion, which is why one of our nurses stays onsite to monitor patients during this time period.
- Fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of the lips, face or throat
- Muscle aches
- Hives or itchiness
Reactions to a monoclonal antibody IV may be delayed, so it’s important to contact your doctor if you notice any of the signs of an allergic reaction listed above.