Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis

Coping with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can be frustrating. That’s why MedCart Specialty Pharmacy does everything we can to simplify the process of managing these conditions.

Our skilled team of experts works with both physicians and patients to ensure the best possible treatment results at the lowest possible cost. We know these digestive issues can make life difficult, so we make sure managing the medication regimen isn’t.

Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis Basics

Although they’re two different conditions, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have many similarities. In fact, they’re both considered forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), says the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Experts don’t know what causes either condition, but they do know that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both caused by issues with the immune system.

In Crohn’s disease, the immune system can’t tell the difference between the body’s normal tissues and foreign substances. This causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract anywhere from the rectum to the mouth. People with ulcerative colitis also experience inflammation, but usually only in the rectum and maybe the large intestine.

 Diagnosis and Treatment

Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can cause symptoms including abdominal pain and cramping, unintended weight loss, joint pain, fever, blood in the stool and diarrhea.

Because other conditions can cause similar symptoms, tests must be performed to reach a diagnosis. These tests include colonoscopy, barium enema, blood tests, endoscopy and CT scans of the abdomen.

Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be managed using a number of therapies. Avoiding foods that make symptoms worse is one strategy, along with eating an appropriate diet and drinking plenty of water. Stress reduction can also be helpful, because stress can cause digestive problems that aggravate these conditions.

A number of medications can reduce the severity of symptoms caused by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and can help decrease inflammation. If medications don’t manage the symptoms — which can range from mild to severe, and often come and go — surgery is another option.

Patients should talk with their doctor about the many strategies for managing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Working together is the best way to determine the right treatment approach.