The Path to Feeling Better: Treating Crohn’s

The Path to Feeling Better: Treating Crohn’s
Once diagnosed with Crohn’s, you need to start taking steps to manage your disease. The first line of defence when it comes to living with Crohn’s disease is working with the right kind of doctor. A gastroenterologist specifically treats diseases and conditions of the digestive tract, and may have a sub-specialty in treating Crohn’s. Because Crohn’s is a complicated disease with complex treatments, it’s best to work with a doctor who is up-to-date with the latest treatment options available. Promptly starting treatment is very important, because many medications can take several months before effects are felt. Typical Treatments Several medications are used to treat Crohn’s disease, with the most common spread among five classes of medications. The severity of a person's disease determines which are first attempted to control symptoms. 1. Antibiotics It may seem odd to use antibiotics to treat Crohn’s, because they are typically used for infections. But certain antibiotics are able to treat mild Crohn’s. This is because certain antibiotics have a anti-inflammatory agents that can help with the intestinal swelling. (Examples: metronidazole, ciprofloxacin) 2. Biologics Biologics suppress the immune system in order to reduce inflammation by targeting a specific pathway. They usually given to people who have not responded to conventional therapy. While most drugs are synthesized from other chemicals, biologics are produced from living matter. (Examples: Humira [adalimumab], Remicade [infliximab], Tysabri [natalizumab], Cimzia [Certolizumab pegol])  3. Aminosalicylates (5-ASAs) These drugs work to decrease inflammation in the lining of the intestines. This drug class is  usually used to treat mild to moderate Crohn’s, and
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    • Lisa Burks says:

      Thank you very much for reading my column and for the positive feedback! I hope it helps all to better understand the medication options for treating Crohn’s. Hope you are well!

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