Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Crohn disease, also known as inflammatory bowel disease, is characterized by inflammation of inner lining of digestive tract system. This painful infection often penetrates deep in the internal tissues and may present with increased severity. The symptoms can be extreme sharp pain in abdomen, chronic diarrhea, weakness accompanied by body and joint pain, bloating, pain during passing stool and blood in stool, reduced appetite, inflammation around anus and rectum, sores in mouth, anal and the lining of the digestive tract, vitamin B deficiency and anemia, dizziness and headache etc. The reasons for the occurrence of Crohns disease include viral and bacterial infections, NSAIDs and genetic predisposition.

Which Pain Killers Work Better for Crohns?

Crohns disease presents with severe pain; hence, doctors prescribe pain killers for the relief. The pain killers which work better for Crohns disease are as follows:

Most commonly prescribed medication for Crohns is Acetaminophen under brand name Tylenol and Actamin. These are used for dull aching pain.

For severe and chronic pain associated with Crohns Disease, narcotic pain killers like Codeine and Vicodin is used. Narcotics reduces the bowel movement helping in pain relief and diarrhea. Patients are instructed to avoid dependency on narcotics.

Commonly doctors prescribe antibiotics that reduce the bacterial infection and cure the inflammation. Commonly used drugs for Crohns are Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole (Flagyl). Often in severe symptoms, these antibiotics are administered through intravenous route. In some Crohns Disease patients, these antibiotics cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, hallucination, tingling and numbness in extremities.

NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are not recommended for Crohns disease. The class of drugs involving Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Naproxen are avoided in Crohns disease as they aggravate the symptoms by initiating the ulcer development in the lining of the digestive tract leading to intestinal bleeding.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 16, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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