Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Side Effects of Medication or a Flare?

Side Effects of Medication or a Flare?

There have been times when I have wondered if a person’s relapse into a flare has actually been from the disease process in Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, or has it been from side effects of medications?  It seems that this is a difficult question to answer since many of the medicines prescribed for Crohn’s disease carry the risk of causing adverse reactions that are similar to the symptoms of the disease itself.
If your health has improved by following a restricted-sucrose diet and taking Culturelle, while still taking medication, and if you later begin to have symptoms of a flare-up, it would be wise to talk to your doctor about the possible occurrence of side effects from the medicines.  Even if one is listed as rare, it is worth considering, because obviously someone in the past has experienced a reaction since the drug company documented it in their literature.
I'll add some websites below with information about medications that are frequently prescribed for IBD. 
Following the list is a recipe for a delicious quiche!
Blessings of good health to you!

These are the links about medications:
Pentasa, Asacol, Lialda, Apriso are brand names for the drug Mesalamine...
Entocort is the brand name for drug Budesomide…
Imuran is the brand name for Azathioprine...
This is a link about Humira injections….
This is a link about Methotrexate...
Remicade is brand name for Infliximab...

Here’s a recipe for a quiche with a unique crust made with grated potatoes created by Esther Beachy that I came across online.   I have changed a few of the ingredients according to our family’s likes. This works well if you are trying to stay away from gluten as well.  Enjoy!
Meat and Potato Quiche
3 tablespoons oil
3 cups shredded peeled potatoes, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
¾ cup cooked ground beef
¼ chopped onion (optional)
1 cup milk
3 eggs
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Combine oil and potatoes in a 10 inch pie plate.  Press mixture down evenly to form a crust.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Layer with beef and cheese and onion.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over beef mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until the knife comes out clean.

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