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                                           Common Medications For Crohns Disease
                                                             By Sharon Dobson

   Whenever possible it is always best to try and treat diseases and disorders in a natural way.
However, there are times when medication can become necessary. Fortunately, for sufferers of
Crohn’s Disease, there are medications available that are highly effective in limiting the severity and
regularity of the disease.

Oftentimes, the first medicines called upon in the fight against Crohn’s Disease are anti-inflammatory
drugs. This should come as no surprise as Crohn’s manifests itself as inflammation in the intestinal
lining. There are various types of anti-inflammatory medications available. Not every drug is effective
for every person. Some of the medications work well for mild cases while others work better for more
severe flare-ups.

Corticosteroids are amazing when dealing with severe episodes of Crohn’s Disease. However, since
they work by lowering the effectiveness of the immune system the effect is like taking your goalie out in
a hockey game. This is why corticosteroids are not normally given to those with mild flare-ups. The
side-effects can be severe so medical doctors normally are cautious when prescribing them.

Immunomodulators are not as powerful as corticosteroids, but they work in the same fashion.
However, immunomodulators do not come with the side-effects that their close cousins bring. These
drugs are great for helping those in remission stay in that stable state.

Since infections have been closely tied to Crohn’s Disease it makes sense that antibiotics are often
effective in the good fight. One of the major concerns about using antibiotics is the tendency for them
to become less effective as time goes on. The more a person uses a certain antibiotic the greater
resistance the bacteria in the body will build up a resistance to it. In addition, using antibiotics can also
destroy good bacteria that aid the body in digestion.

Another weapon in the arsenal against Crohn’s Disease is through the use of biologic therapy. This
type of therapy is normally reserved for the most severe flare-ups. This form of therapy is like a nuclear
bomb to the immune system – minus the radiation. It results in a knock-out of the immune system’s
ability to produce TNF-alpha – a protein associated with inflammation.

Surprisingly, antidepressants are also used to battle Crohn’s Disease – but not in the way you are

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thinking. Antidepressants do not battle inflammation or eliminate fistulas. Actually, they work on beating
back the psychological effects of the disease which can be highly disconcerting. One of the worst
symptoms of Crohn’s is depression. The pain, worry, and discomfort of the disease can often drive
someone with Crohn’s into deep depression. When depressed, people usually do not respond as well
to treatments and the immune system may also be compromised. There are many medications
available for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. The best plan of action is to visit your doctor and
discuss available treatments. Remember, defeating Crohn’s Disease is possible but it will be a lifelong

Sharon Dobson has an interest in Crohn's Disease. For further information on Crohn's Disease please
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                                    Alternative Crohn's Disease Therapies And Cam
                                                             By Tom Nelson

 Diet is not the only way to reverse, cure, and control symptoms of Crohn's disease. Complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM) is another method that many patients are finding effective in controlling
this ailment. CAMs are practices, systems and products that are not considered part of conventional
medicine, but rather are used in conjunction with conventional Crohn's disease treatments to help ease
the system.

One such therapy useful in treating and said by many to cure Crohn's is probiotics. Probiotics are live
microorganisms, usually good bacteria that help rebuild a person's immune system. These good
bacteria can be types of organisms, yeast or algae, and are available in different types of food
supplements. Another CAM treatment that can be used is acupuncture. The practitioner would
concentrate on the areas that are afflicted and use the needles in the appropriate positions along the
body. Other types of Crohn's disease treatment include: behavioral therapy; hypnosis; meditation;
relaxation therapy; and biofeedback. The success of a CAM in helping the symptoms also depends on
how much a patient believes in the therapy.

A type of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease therapies continue to be explored in case
studies and research labs in hope to rid this chronic disorder of the digestive tract that can affect
everything from the mouth to the anus.

The majority of patients with Crohns disease have irritation of the intestines, a break down of the
microflora, usually focused in the smaller of the two. It can affect the colon, although any part of the
gastrointestinal tract can be harmed. Doctor's have not yet been able to determine the exact cause of
Crohn's disease and are less open minded to alternative therapies. Some things that may cause it can
include a weakened immune systems, genetics, and environmental hazards. There is a possibility that
the inflammatory bowel disease is part of the body's defense mechanism.

There are a number of symptoms that are associated with Crohn's disease, ranging from mild to
severe. They include diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping with fever, bleeding from the rectum, and
appetite and weight loss. Fatigue is also a common symptom and other bodily organs can be affected.
Children who develop Crohns may have delayed growth and sexual development problems. Fistulas
and fissures in the body can also develop as a result from Crohns disease. There are five types of
Crohns disease and depending on which part of the body is affected and the severity of the symptoms
will determine how severe a case a patient may have. Two often the more severe the case of Crohn's
the more patients seek out alternative Crohn's Disease therapies when conventional medicine doesn't

Because of the nature of Crohn's disease, a proper diet and alternative medicine therapies may go a
long way to controlling the symptoms and severity of each individual patients case and even provide a
cure. Diets high in protein (especially from oily fish such as salmon and tuna) help fight the protein
deficiency caused by diarrhea. Complex carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruit provide needed
fiber. Patients are advised to drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine. Omega-3 fatty acids and food
rich in potassium should also be consumed as part of the diet.

If a patient is considering use a complementary and alternative medicine to treat their symptoms of

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Crohns disease, they need to discuss each option in detail with their primary care physician. With a
firm game plan in hand, may sufferers of this debilitating condition can find relief from alternative

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