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What is an experimental drug for Crohn's disease?

What is an experimental drug for Crohn's disease?

Clinical Trials: Although available, experimental drugs are given in clinical trials, usually in academic or private institutions with doctors involved in research, where patients that have failed to existing treatment are treat. There are a variety of immunotherapy medications like Remicade (infliximab) that are available for Crohn's you could discuss with your doctor about. Ustekinumab is a clinical trial drug for Crohn's ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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Should we believe gastro who wants to put husband on chemo drug (mercup?) for life for crohns? No discussion of diet.

Should we believe gastro who wants to put husband on chemo drug (mercup?) for life for crohns? No discussion of diet.

Yes but: May be the right thing, but never hurts in any important decision to get a second opinion from another gastroenterologist or perhaps a colon and rectal surgeon who might have a slightly different perspective on the problem. Any good and confident physician should welcome and not be offended by you getting a second opinion. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my back. I take mercaptopurine 20mg due to my Crohn's disease and was wondering if the drug could be the problem, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my back. I take mercaptopurine 20mg due to my Crohn's disease and was wondering if the drug could be the problem, what do you suggest?

Probably not: Back pain is not a common side effect of 6mp. I would look for an alternative source for your pain. Crohns can cause arthritis in your back. Typically this is lower back and sacrum pain. ...Read more

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I am taking the drug apriso. I have uc/ibd/crohn's. What exactly is this medicine doing?

I am taking the drug apriso. I have uc/ibd/crohn's. What exactly is this medicine doing?

Meselamine/5-ASA: Apriso is a long-acting form of 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalamine) which are well-established preparations used in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. These drugs are most useful for the treatment of mild to moderate flares of ulcerative colitis and, especially, for maintenance of remission. The mechanisms are complex, but involve anti-inflammatory and prevents oxidative damage. ...Read more

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On third gastro. Why so hard to find doctor who will treat Crohn's without use of dangerous drugs for life?

On third gastro. Why so hard to find doctor who will treat Crohn's without use of dangerous drugs for life?

Research treatment: Crohn's disease is a serious lifelong condition that can lead to multiple complications including strictures (narrowing ), bleeds, fistula's ( false passages). Depending on your crohn's extent and severity, the types of drugs needed may differ. Though almost all drugs have side effects, you have to make informed decision between the risk of untreated crohn's vs. The types of drugs needed. ...Read more

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Can I get mono more than once? I'm on immune suppressing drugs for Crohn's and I feel like I have mono again.

Can I get mono more than once? I'm on immune suppressing drugs for Crohn's and I feel like I have mono again.

Yes: Mono a syndrome, named for the predominance of a particular white cell, the monocyte during the active illness. 80% is triggered by the EB virus, while a hand full of other viruses and germs can produce similar symptoms/monocyte predominance. If immune suppressed, you are more likely to have such problems.Confer with your doc as needed to manage symptoms. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease & take cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injectables. It isnt taking care of all my symptoms. Is there another class of drug I can add with the cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?

6MP , MTX: The medications that can be used with Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) most commonly include 6mp - azathiorine or Methotrexate (in addition to Mesalamine / steroids). Natalizumab is an other biologic that can be used in those where anti-tnfs (like cimzia) fail, but they are not used together. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's, stopped Flagyl in Dec. My stools have smelled terrible since then. A symptom of Crohn's to be worried about or the drug cessation?

I have Crohn's, stopped Flagyl in Dec. My stools have smelled terrible since then. A symptom of Crohn's to be worried about or the drug cessation?

Check: Check in with doctor for an assessment, blood work and a stool analysis. He/she will be able to give you the advice you need. All the best. ...Read more

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Just been put on sertraline for anxiety, can already take codeine full time for suspected crohns will there be drug interactions? Should I worry!

Just been put on sertraline for anxiety, can already take codeine full time for suspected crohns will there be drug interactions? Should I worry!

Drug dependence: Codeine is an opiate-based pain killer. You are so young to be taking this full-time, long-term and risk physical dependence on this drug. Do not consume alcohol while on codeine and/or sertraline. Consider a second opinion for your symptoms of Crohn's and pain management. ...Read more