Infusion Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Posted by Encore Infusion Site Administrator


Everyone gets bloated, gassy, constipated or in urgent need of moving the bowels now and again, but when it happens regularly, it can be a real problem. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can be embarrassing to repeatedly cancel social plans or decline invitations—particularly when pushed for an explanation. But this is life for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

“Inflammatory bowel disease” is actually a catch-all term that refers to inflammation of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or colon, or anywhere along the digestive track. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of
inflammatory bowel disease, for example. When the digestive tract becomes inflamed, it disrupts digestion and, as a result, abdominal cramping may be experienced, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Left untreated, inflammatory
bowel disease can lead to weight loss, ulcers, malnutrition, intestinal rupture, bowel obstruction and even colon cancer.

Initially, most patients with a form of inflammatory bowel disease are prescribed diet and lifestyle changes, and oral medications if necessary. However, sometimes patients report that the effectiveness of these treatments wane over
time or that the patient is otherwise not responsive to the treatments or experiences unpleasant side effects from the prescribed oral medications.

In such cases, physicians will often prescribe infusion therapy with a medication like REMICADE® (infliximab), an antibody that neutralizes inflammation. Infusion therapy for inflammatory bowel disease is usually prescribed for patients with moderate to severe illness to alleviate symptoms, reduce the likelihood or duration of flareups and to improve quality of life.

Depending on the severity of the condition, doctors may also prescribe immune suppressants, which prevent the immune system from attacking the intestines, and medication to block tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a protein in the body that causes inflammation.

If you suffer from a form of inflammatory bowel disease, Encore Infusion may be able to help. Speak with your doctor about infusion therapy and contact us for details and to help coordinate a course for intravenous therapy.