What is an infusion?
LEQEMBI is an intravenous (IV) infusion.
This means a needle is placed in a vein in your arm to give the medicine.
How long do infusions take?
Each LEQEMBI infusion takes about 1 hour.
You may be at the infusion center for longer than that, especially for your first infusion, so set aside extra time so you don't feel rushed.
How often are infusions given?
LEQEMBI infusions are given once every 2 weeks.
It's a good idea to figure out transportation early so you can make a plan for each infusion appointment.
Where do you go for your infusion?
Infusions will be given at a healthcare provider's office or an infusion center.
Talk to your healthcare provider and insurance provider about where to get your infusions.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss an infusion of LEQEMBI, you should receive your next dose as soon as possible.
What are the possible serious allergic reactions?
Swelling (of the face, lips, mouth, or tongue), hives, or difficulty breathing have happened during a LEQEMBI infusion. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction during or after your LEQEMBI infusion.
Keep track of how you're feeling between infusions and let your healthcare provider know right away if anything comes up.
Tips for each infusion
Select one of the tabs below to learn what to do before, during, and after each infusion.
What to bring along:
- A blanket and layers in case you get chilly
- Your favorite pillow
- Something to play, read, or watch
- Your device chargers
- A few snacks and a bottle of water
- A mask or 2 in case the office requires it
Keep in mind:
- Drink plenty of water beforehand
- Wear short sleeves or a shirt that can be rolled up so it's easier to get your infusion
- It can be nice to have a family member with you, so ask your infusion center if that's allowed
Keep your phone close by
You'll likely get a call from your infusion center a few days before your appointment to gather some extra information. That's a good time to ask about anything you need to bring, such as paperwork and medication lists. Be sure to save the infusion center in your contacts so you can reach them easily and know when a call is coming from them.
What's involved in your infusion?
Based on where you go for your LEQEMBI infusion, the exact process may vary.
A member of the infusion care team will check your vital signs, like your temperature and blood pressure. You may also get weighed and have blood drawn.
Your care team will prepare your medicine, set up your IV line, and start your infusion. As you receive your medicine, pay attention to how you feel and keep them informed of any concerns.
After your infusion is finished, your care team will remove the IV. Then they’ll tell you when you can leave and how to schedule your next infusion.
To pass the time, consider games or other activities you and your care partner can do together.
Staying on track and monitoring your progress
It's important to follow each part of your treatment plan. That includes sticking to your infusion schedule. Here are a few tips that may help:
- Schedule upcoming infusions well in advance and be sure to add the appointments to your calendar
- Keep track of how you're feeling between infusions and let your healthcare provider know if anything comes up
- Plan ahead for any additional tests, such as your follow-up MRIs before your 5th, 7th, and 14th infusions
- Reach out to your healthcare provider if you missed an appointment. They can help you get back on track