Hi, I’m Dr. Millie Long and I’m a gastroenterologist at the University of North Carolina inflammatory bowel diseases center.
Understand your options. There’s no cure for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, but there are treatments available that directly address the inflammation that causes symptoms and help you to achieve and maintain remission. Treatment options for IBD include prescription medications and surgery, alongside adjustments to diet and nutrition. Prescription medication types include aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and biologic therapies. Some IBD medications, such as steroids are intended for short term use. Other IBD medications such as aminosalicylates, immunomodulators and biologic therapies are intended for longer term use. There’s no one treatment that’s right for everyone. It’s important to talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that’s right for you. It’s also important to talk to your doctor about the risks and the benefits of each treatment. Be proactive and honest with your physicians and set goals that are best for you, to give you the best chance of achieving remission and reaching your Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis goals in the future.