When it comes to illnesses, there are certain conditions that carry more of a stigma than others. For example, having to constantly be on the lookout for the nearest restroom or declining invitations for fear of having a sudden urge to have a bowel movement is not a topic people feel comfortable discussing with friends. But that’s the reality of individuals suffering from Crohn’s Disease. And, when they’re having a flareup, their only wish is for treatment that will alleviate symptoms. Can IV therapy do that?
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It can affect any part of the digestive system, causing the person to feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom — as well as a constant feeling that their bowel movements are incomplete. In addition to such discomfort, they also may experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, constipation, and/or fatigue. While the cause is unknown, stress and/or a diet high in processed foods, red meats, and dairy can worsen symptoms.
How IV Therapy Works for Crohn’s Disease
Intravenous (IV) therapy delivers medication — typically Remicade (infliximab), Cimzia, Entyvio, or Stelara directly into your bloodstream. This decreases inflammation of the bowels, as well as alleviates Crohn’s disease symptoms. It’s typically prescribed for patients with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease who haven’t obtained results from oral medications.
A benefit of IV therapy for Crohn’s disease is that — in addition to reducing symptoms — it may also keep the condition in remission. This is excellent news for people with Crohn’s since symptoms only appear during flareups. In addition, receiving infusion treatments at an infusion center is significantly more affordable than doing it at a hospital.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects can include pneumonia, sepsis, or tuberculosis — especially in patients who have previously been exposed to tuberculosis. If this is the case, tell your doctor prior to commencing treatment. In rare instances, patients could also experience blood disorders, neurologic disease, lymphoma, or other types of cancers. Let your doctor know if you have a history of heart failure — as this could mean you are not a good candidate for Remicade treatment. Alternative IV treatment options include corticosteroids.
It’s always recommended to receive infusion treatments in an outpatient center — instead of at home — since it’s also possible to have an allergic reaction. Having healthcare personnel monitor your infusion can reduce the risk of complications.
If Your Doctor Has Recommended Crohn’s Disease IV Therapy, Let Infusion Associates Help You
At Infusion Associates, we provide medically-prescribed infusion therapy for patients with chronic conditions in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our team of healthcare professionals is fully committed to making the experience as comfortable as possible for you or your patients. We always inform patients of any potential side effects and answer all their questions before starting treatment. In addition, we have a Registered Pharmacist on-site to make the process as seamless as possible.
If you would like to refer a patient to us or want to inquire about the treatments we offer, you can contact us by calling us at (616) 954-0600 or filling out this form.