Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks your gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines). This can cause frequent stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, or constipation. The two main types of IBD are Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The cause of this disease isn't fully known. Genetics, along with other "triggers" like infections and smoking are possible causes. They develop in less than 1% of people, with most people being in their 30's. Blood tests, stool samples, and special imaging may be used to diagnose IBD.
There is no full cure for Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, but medication and diet management can prevent flare-ups and help people live normal lives. Surgery may also be an option. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat IBD. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about IBD and support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Hovde O, Moum B. Epidemiology and clinical course of Crohn's diseases: Results from observational studies. World J Gastroenterol 2012 April 21; 18(15):1723-1731.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/ Accessed January 14, 2016.