Inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract causes abdominal pain, ulcers, frequent bowel movements and other ulcerative colitis symptoms. Remicade, an intravenous (IV) medication that blocks a protein that triggers inflammation, may offer an effective way to control your ulcerative colitis symptoms. The doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists provide Remicade treatment at their Troy, MI, gastroenterology office.
How does Remicade treat ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks your gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation. Remicade decreases inflammation by targeting a protein that causes it.
Ulcerative colitis symptoms flare-ups are related to the increased production of TNF-alpha. Although the natural protein is needed to manage inflammation and regular immune cell function, too much TNF-alpha can actually trigger inflammation. Remicade blocks the inflammatory action of TNF-alpha, helping you avoid abdominal pain, bloody stools, fatigue and ulcers.
What happens during Remicade treatment?
Remicade is delivered directly into your bloodstream during treatments at your Troy gastroenterologist's office. The IV treatment takes about two hours. You will be awake during the infusion and can use the time to catch up on emails, read a magazine or just enjoy a little quiet time.
Your gastroenterologist will carefully monitor your IV infusion to ensure that you receive the appropriate dosage for your weight. After your treatment ends, you'll remain at the office for a little while to make sure that you haven't had a reaction to the medication.
After you receive your first dosage, you'll return to the office for two more starter dosages at two and six weeks. Maintenance dosages every eight weeks will help you keep inflammation under control.
How helpful is Remicade treatment?
Remicade treatment offers an effective way to reduce ulcerative colitis for many people who receive the infusions. You may begin to feel better just a few weeks after beginning treatment. In fact, in a year-long study, 6 out of 10 people noticed an improvement in their condition after just two weeks, according to the manufacturer of Remicade.
Manage your ulcerative colitis symptoms with Remicade. Schedule an appointment for the gastroenterology treatment by calling Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, at (248) 273-9930.