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Managing medications
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Complying with medication
What about side-effects?
Is surgery a better option than drugs?

Crohn’s is a lifelong condition so regular follow-up is the key to good management. Education about your condition will help you in a management partnership with your doctor.

Ask questions about your medicines so that you are clear about their purpose and what to expect.

Complying with medication

Drug treatment can effectively improve your symptoms. So take your drugs as per instructions from your doctor.

Failure to comply with medications that are used to prevent disease is common.
When a person feels healthy and well and disease is in remission it’s not unusual to feel that medications are no longer needed.

Prevention is however the best approach to managing your Crohn’s disease. Prescribed medications should only be stopped on medical advice.


What about side-effects?

doc patientSome of the drugs prescribed for the symptoms of Crohn’s disease may have side-effects. They will vary from individual to individual.

Side-effects can be temporary as the body adjusts to taking a drug for the first time or they may be more permanent. More prolonged side-effects vary in their intensity and severity.

In some people, the benefit the drug has in controlling the more severe symptoms of Crohn’s disease outweighs the relatively mild side-effects that you might experience. In this case, the doctor may advise you to continue with the drug you are taking and will monitor how things progress.

In other cases, the presence of intolerable side-effects might be a good reason to try another drug and see if that works better for you or even consider surgery. 


Is surgery a better option than drugs?

The decision to operate usually depends on the severity of your symptoms, whether they are responding to medication or the presence of complications.

Active disease that fails to respond to treatment can lead to serious complications. Removing some intestine in the short-term may be deemed a better option by your doctor than waiting until more serious illness develops.

In certain cases, the medical team may feel that surgery is a better treatment option for you than taking steroids long-term for active disease that is not responding to other treatments.


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