meds to close up fistula's

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   Posted 4/5/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
i was wondering how many of you have had a fistula which comes through your tummy and what meds you were given to help close it up. i got a fistula come through my old scar last sept had it operated on in jan but the stump is still there and still leaks iam due to see my consultant for the first time tomorrow and want to make sure he gives me all the options of meds for this and not just fob me off with the cheapest one!!!!! any info would be great thanks for reading Bev x

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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Bev!

Welcome to the Forum!

Sorry you are having problems. My fistula isn't in my abdomin, but I think the medication options are the same. The biologics (Remicade and Humira) appear to have the best results in closing fistulae. But they can be expensive depending on your insurance coverage. Remicade is given by infusion often every 8 weeks, and Humira in a self-injectable needle/pen every two weeks. 6MP sometimes can help as can Flagyl. The Forum's Moderators have provided a good source of information about medications -- look under "Crohn's Disease Resources" at the top of the list of Topics on the Crohn's main page. Also, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America has a good discussion of medications --

I am glad you are seeing your doctor tomorrow. Let us know how it goes!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 4/5/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine wasn't in my abdomen, but I had it during a time I had to get surgery so I was on intravenous antibiotics for a week and it went away.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
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   Posted 4/5/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies ill let you know how it goes tomorrow x wink

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   Posted 4/6/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My fistulas are in my rectum and run to my butt cheek......antibiotics and the threat of 'marsupialization' shrunk the thing down to a pinhead....which at this point I can live with, with the help of a little gauze...
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