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Treating Gastroenterology Conditions

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At Paragon, we work with gastroenterologists all over North America to treat gastrointestinal conditions. A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the study of the digestive system. They diagnose and manage disorders like heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and bowel movement issues. 

Paragon provides the most advanced specialty medications to treat gastrointestinal disorders. We specialize in injectable, infusible, and oral drugs to provide our patients with the best therapeutic option suited for them. The most commonly treated gastrointestinal disorders are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. The medications we offer may be self-administered in the comfort of your own home or may require a healthcare provider to administer it for you at one of our infusion centers. 

 

Common Gastrointestinal Conditions We Treat: 

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – A disorder that affects the large intestine, which can cause abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. 
  • Crohn's Disease – An inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition. 
  • Ulcerative Colitis – An inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine and rectum, causing abdominal pain, bloody stools, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and malnutrition. 

 

Each person's experience with a gastrointestinal disorder is different. Every patient faces different challenges and presents with varying symptoms. Paragon's goal is to provide our patients with the best therapeutic option to relieve their symptoms, overcome their challenges, prevent disease progression, and help them adhere to their gastroenterologist's treatment plan. Although these chronic, life-long conditions may not currently have a cure, they can be treated and managed to improve quality of life.

In addition to specialty medications, a gastroenterologist may recommend changes in a patient's diet to control symptoms. They may also recommend that patients increase their physical activity, take probiotics, reduce stress, and get better sleep. It is crucial to always follow-up with your doctor about your treatment regimen and symptoms. Our dedicated team of pharmacists, nurses, and dietitians are here to assist patients with their specialty medications. Patients also have 24/7 access to our on-call pharmacy support team.

 

Infusion Treatments We Offer:

  • Cimzia (certolizumab) – Commonly used to treat symptoms of Crohn's disease after other treatments have failed. It works by blocking TNF-alpha, which prevents and reduces the inflammatory process in the gastrointestinal tract. Cimzia is available as an injectable that can be self-administered after proper training. It can be injected into the thighs or stomach (2 inches away from the belly button) on a clean and intact surface of the skin free of lesions and scars.
  • Entyvio (vedolizumab) – Commonly used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It works by preventing excess white blood cells from entering the GI tract, which helps reduce inflammation and control symptoms of GI discomfort. Entyvio is available as an infusion, which must be administered intravenously by a healthcare professional. 
  • Humira (adalimumab) – Commonly used to treat many inflammatory conditions, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It works by blocking TNF-alpha, which prevents and reduces the inflammatory process. Humira is available as an injectable that can be self-administered after proper training. It can be injected into the thighs or stomach (2 inches away from the belly button) on a clean and intact surface of the skin free of lesions and scars.
  • Remicade (infliximab) – Commonly used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in adults and children six years of age and older. It works by binding TNF-alpha, which prevents and reduces the inflammatory process in the gastrointestinal tract. Remicade is available as an infusion and should be administered intravenously by a healthcare professional. 
  • Simponi (golimumab) – Commonly used to treat ulcerative colitis. It works by blocking TNF-alpha, which prevents and reduces the inflammatory process. Simponi is available as an injectable that can be self-administered after proper training. The injectable can be injected into the thighs, upper outer arms, or stomach (2 inches away from the belly button) on a clean and intact surface of the skin free of lesions and scars.
  • Stelara (ustekinumab) – Commonly used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It works by blocking IL-12 and IL-23, which prevents and reduces gastrointestinal inflammation. Stelara is available as an infusion and injectable. The first dose should be given as an infusion intravenously by a healthcare provider. The maintenance dosing can then be self-administered by injection after proper training. The injectable can be injected into the thighs, upper outer arms, or stomach (2 inches away from the belly button) on a clean and intact surface of the skin free of lesions and scars.
  • Xeljanz (tofacitinib) – Commonly used to treat ulcerative colitis for patients who did not respond or tolerate TNF-alpha blockers. It is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, which helps prevent and reduce inflammation. Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR are available as tablets to be taken by mouth.
  • Xifaxan (rifaximin) – Commonly used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults. It helps control symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. Xifaxan is available as a tablet to be taken by mouth. 

 

Paragon is here to help improve each of our patients' quality of life. When we receive a medication and supply order, we move quickly to ensure our patients receive everything they need promptly.

If you or a loved one are seeking a healthcare company that puts people first, tell your provider that you want to join the Paragon family. We treat a wide range of conditions that fall under dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology, hepatology, rheumatology, and more. Some of the most common conditions that we treat include multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn's Disease, primary immune deficiency, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Contact us today to learn more at https://paragonhealthcare.com/.

 

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