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Biologic Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What is biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?
Why would a doctor recommend biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?
What does biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease involve?
How long is the recovery after biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?

What is biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?

Biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease uses biological agents such as infliximab (Remicade) to help control the symptoms of diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These agents target the body's immune system to reduce symptoms.

Why would a doctor recommend biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?

Your doctor might recommend biologic therapy when other treatments for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are not working. Remicade is a powerful medication, and is generally reserved for those with more severe cases. Many new biologic therapies are currently being studied for their safety and effectiveness, and may soon be available.

What does biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease involve?

Remicade is given through the vein (intravenous infusion) in a special infusion room at Datrmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Infusions are generally given once every eight weeks.

How long is the recovery after biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease?

Each session of treatment takes about two hours. You will be able to go back to work or home immediately after your treatment.

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