Internal Medicine Physicians (Internists)
At ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy, we work closely with internal medicine physicians—and their patients—to administer and monitor individualized, patient-centric treatment plans. Our pharmacists assist patients by regularly reviewing medications, helping to manage side effects, and avoiding any potential drug interactions.
Internal medicine or general medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Every patient’s condition is unique, which sometimes presents a challenge for practitioners trying to find the right treatment options—efficiently, effectively, and safely.
We are dedicated to providing internal medicine patients with one-on-one education, guidance, and support. Our pharmacists have expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas especially:
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the end of the small intestine (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon. However, it may affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease varies between patients. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Persistent Diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Urgent need to move bowels
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Sensation of incomplete evacuation
- Constipation (can lead to bowel obstruction)
Crohn’s Disease vs. Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It’s important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the GI tract are different. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the large intestine, while Crohn’s disease usually affects the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. In the US, the most common types of viral Hepatitis are Hepatitis A,B,C—and approximately 3.2 million people in the US are infected chronically with Hepatitis C.1
Hepatitis C is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact. Today, the disease is most commonly transmitted when infected individuals share needles or other drug paraphernalia.2 Before 1992, when screening of blood products was not available, many people were infected from blood transfusions or organ transplants.2
In recent years, new drug therapies used to treat Hepatitis C have improved patient’s sustained virological response (SVR) rates. At ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy, we work closely with patients to help manage their therapy and treatment plan.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The retrovirus primarily attacks the immune system, which significantly increases vulnerability to infections.
Treatment for HIV is complex and hard to manage, often consisting of a variety of different medications which may cause interactions or troublesome side effects. However, with proper medical care from physicians and guidance from pharmacists, HIV can be controlled.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers. This causes communication problems and blockages between the brain and bodily functions. As the disease progresses, the nerves deteriorate or become permanently damaged.
The symptoms and severity of MS does vary for each patient depending on how much nerve damage has occurred and where these nerves are located. Progressive medications and therapies help to control symptoms and may reduce the severity of the disease.
Our pharmacy can collaborate with your provider to monitor your therapy and help manage your side effects, while avoiding drug interactions.