Essay: Medicines Prescribed for Crohn’s Disease
The commonly used medications are formulations of 5-aminosalicylic acid as well as prednisone as stated by (2). There are several available immunomodulators such as mercaptopurine, azathioprine, infliximab, methotrexate and certolixumab among others. In cases of extreme bouts of Crohn’s disease Hydrocortisone is recommended.
Some lifestyle changes can reduce the effect of the disease. These include smoking since tobacco use is known to increase the effects of Crohn’s disease. The kind of diet one is taking may also have either negative or positive effects on the disease. A balanced diet whereby one eats in small amounts instead of one large portion at the same time is recommended. Fatigue, which is common in patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, can be controlled by regular exercises as well as having enough sleep. It is important for a patient to keep a diary of his or her diet in order to establish the type of food that enhances the symptoms. (1)
Surgery is an option, which is used when there is full or partial blockage of the intestines. The most important thing to note here is that this option does not cure the disease. After surgery, the disease will most likely show up again at the point of resection though it may appear in other parts of the body. (2)