18 May Compounded Options for Irritable Bowel Disease
Compounded Options for Irritable Bowel Disease
Last month, we discussed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a common disorder affecting the stomach and intestines. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, cramping or bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation.
However, this month we are discussing Irritable Bowel Disease. It may not seem like it, but IBS and IBD are different. IBS is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract while IBD is inflammation or destruction of the bowel wall. This condition can lead to sores and narrowing of the intestines. Commonly known IBDs are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
IBS can often be controlled through diet, lifestyle and stress management. In severe cases, IBS patients may benefit from a medication to help with their symptoms.
With IBD, medication is necessary in nearly every case. Medication may help ease symptoms caused by Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, and reduce the number and severity of flares.
One option we offer at our pharmacy is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). LDN was shown to improve symptoms in 74.5% of patients in a 2018 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center study.1 Other results from this study showed a majority of the patients responded with a 70 point decrease in Crohn’s disease activity index (89%) and achieved remission (67%). The therapy was safe and tolerable with LDN providing clinical benefits. The use of LDN was associated with significant reduction in consumption of anti-inflammatory medications.
Another option we offer as a specialty pharmacy is biologic medications that are self injected or infused at home.. We provide medications like Stelara, Skyrizi, Remicade, Humira and others for treatment of IBD. We can assist with insurance qualification, prior authorization, copay support, training and even have specially trained nurses that can infuse your medication in the comfort of your own home.
To get started with one of these therapies for IBD, call the pharmacy at 402-462-2929 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to helping you feel better!