Managing Inflammatory Bowel disease

Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, as well as disease extent and severity, can be confirmed based on a physical examination, patient history and a variety of clinical tests such as blood tests, stool examination, endoscopy, biopsies and imaging studies.

There is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease but treatments are available to help people with inflammatory bowel disease lead a fulfilling life. Management of inflammatory bowel disease depends on the extent of the intestines affected and the severity of the inflammation.

The goal of medication is to induce and maintain remission and to improve quality of life. Depending on the severity of the condition, several drug types such as anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aminosalicylates), corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or biologics, for single or combination therapy are available for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Other drug classes may also be given to help relieve pain, diarrhoea or infection. For some people with chronic, severe inflammation, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is only considered after consultation with a doctor and a surgeon.

If you have any further questions about your treatment options please contact your doctor.

Some of the drug classes you may hear about include:

Medication used to treat inflammatory bowel disease