Jump to content
  • Sign Up
  • Join Our Community!

    Do you have questions about celiac disease or the gluten-free diet?

kelliac

Can Medication Affect Test Results? Labs?

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

Does anyone know if prednisone, remicade and/or imuran can affect labs? What about endoscopy/biopsies? If those drugs suppress the immune system, do they make the villi appear normal (albeit temporarily).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if prednisone, remicade and/or imuran can affect labs? What about endoscopy/biopsies? If those drugs suppress the immune system, do they make the villi appear normal (albeit temporarily).

I've been asking this question everywhere but nobody seems to have an answer. If somebody knows the answer it would really help me out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My guess is that they would. Have you asked your doctor?

My doctor had me take a celiac panel and many other blood tests because of the chronic itching and rash that I've been having knowing that I'm on prednisone. So I'm guessing that she either didn't think it could affect the results, didn't know, or didn't care. The results for everything came back negative but now I'm not sure if I can trust the results because of the prednisone. I'm having trouble trusting doctors because it seems that when they don't know the answer to something they just brush you off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To the best of my knowledge, speaking strictly as a layperson, taking prednisone, Remicade, or Imuran, would not affect your anitibody tests. As they are all anti-inflammatory and immunusupressant, they would affect the levels of inflammation in your body (on biopsy), and would lower the results of a C-reactive Protein test (CRP) which measures inflammation levels in the body by blood test. But I do not believe that these drugs can suppress the gluten antibodies or magically make villi regenerate. I may be wrong about the antibodies :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if prednisone, remicade and/or imuran can affect labs? What about endoscopy/biopsies? If those drugs suppress the immune system, do they make the villi appear normal (albeit temporarily).

Hi kelliac,

My gastroenterologist gave me a clinical diagnosis of celiac disease even though my tests were negative (blood work and biopsy). I have the HLA DQ8 marker, reacted very strongly to a gluten challenge, and have family members with celiac disease, including 3 of my 5 grandchildren. He said that my prednisone and Imuran would suppress antibody production and allow my villi to re-generate.

I guess the bottom line is that we need to listen to our bodies. How do you feel when you eat gluten? How do you feel when you don't? If you feel better gluten free, then you have your answer! It doesn't really matter whether they call it celiac disease or gluten intolerance because the treatment is the same for both: the gluten free diet!

Good luck with everything!

JoAnn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To the best of my knowledge, speaking strictly as a layperson, taking prednisone, Remicade, or Imuran, would not affect your anitibody tests. As they are all anti-inflammatory and immunusupressant, they would affect the levels of inflammation in your body (on biopsy), and would lower the results of a C-reactive Protein test (CRP) which measures inflammation levels in the body by blood test. But I do not believe that these drugs can suppress the gluten antibodies or magically make villi regenerate. I may be wrong about the antibodies :(

Thank you for your reply, you've been very helpful. The first time that I took the blood test I had been on a gluten free diet for quite sometime but was still having symptoms so I thought that perhaps I was being exposed to gluten but not realizing it. That was before I knew that you have to be consuming gluten regularly for the test to be accurate. I also wasn't sure about how prednisone would effect the results but you cleared that up. I'm planning to retake the celiac panel because at this point I've had roughly 3 months of consistent gluten exposure in my diet. If the test comes back negative again I'll have some piece of mind knowing that perhaps celiac is not the cause of my itch and rash.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please do not take what I said as gospel - I was only expressing an opinion on the basis of little research. I would seek further opinion on whether these drugs suppress antibodies. Since I made that post I have read others who think that they do :o Please be aware that there are posts on here supported by medical research and other posts expressing the poster's opinion which posts should be verified with further research before being relied upon. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Top Posters +

  • Upcoming Events

    • April 17, 2019 Until April 27, 2019
      0  
      April 17-27, 2020   For the past few years many of you have asked us to arrange a River Boat Cruise that will allow us to visit Amsterdam's famous Keukenhof Gardens at its prime time of the blossoming of the millions of Tulips and Hyacinths - alongside the windmills of the Netherlands.  With the participation of a minimum of 20 persons we have arranged an All-Inclusive Cruise from Antwerp to Amsterdam.  This cruise will not be offered to the public until January, 2019 and always sells out quickly.   THERE WILL BE NO MONEY REQUIRED NOR COMMITMENT FROM YOU until we have all the final costs and details.  If you are at all interested check out our website for as many of the details that we have as of this time.   We need your request to be placed on a list of interested participants so we can present that number to Uniworld to show we have the sincere interest in this All-Inclusive Bob & Ruth's Gluten-free Cruise.   PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE DETAILED INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE AS OF THIS TIME.   http://bobandruths.com
    • April 24, 2019 04:00 PM Until 08:00 AM
      0  
       
       
       
      Celiac Emotional Healing Support Group
       
       
       
      Again you are invited to join Johnny Patout, LCSW for Baton Rouge's first emotional healing support group meeting to assist those living with celiac disease manage the emotional challenges so many of us face. Most often the emotional disturbances include depression, disinterest in normal activities, insomnia, grief, mood changes, anxiety, inability to concentrate, extreme concern about managing a gluten-free lifestyle and other emotional and behavioral challenges.
       
      The professionals at Jamestown Avenue Counseling Center created the emotional healing support group to give us a safe place to begin to process our emotions and support each other as we heal emotionally while managing celiac disease and the resulting autoimmune disorders.
       
      The emotional healing support group meets every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm, at the Jamestown Avenue Counseling Center of Baton Rouge. Jamestown Avenue Counseling Center is located at 4637 Jamestown Avenue, Baton Rouge, Suite B-1. Suite B-1 is upstairs.
       
      The support group is free and open everyone managing celiac disease. For more information: emotionalhealingforceliacs@hotmail.com
    • May 04, 2019 Until May 05, 2019
      0  
      Nourished Festival is a family-friendly event with 10 locations across the US. Attendees will be able to sample food, health and beauty products, meet with companies, learn about the most current food lifestyles, receive coupons and attend educational sessions with industry experts. 
      Nourished Festival, managed by The Nourished Group and presented by Enjoy Life Foods, is the largest gluten-free, allergy-friendly and specialty diet event in the US, with 10 locations including.
      ABOUT THE NOURISHED FESTIVALS
      Managed by The Nourished Group, formerly The Gluten Free Media Group, The Nourished Festivals are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the United States. Started in 2007, the events have expanded from one to ten cities throughout the country. The festivals cater to anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle or those who follow a specialty diet due to autoimmune conditions, food sensitivities, allergies or intolerances. Offerings including Paleo, Keto, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Allergen-Friendly and Nut-Free products. The events provide the opportunity for attendees to sample and purchase new products, receive coupons, meet with brand ambassadors and attend educational classes with industry experts. For more information, visit http://www.nourishedfestival.com 
       
×
×
  • Create New...