Many patients have to take agents to reduce diarrhea. All patients must modify their diet. In many cases, symptoms disappear with medication and diet. This is called remission. Most patients have periods of remission and flare-ups.
Surgery may be needed if medications don't work. Up to 70 percent of patients will eventually need surgery. The surgery often involves removing the diseased section of the intestine. The two ends of the healthy intestine are then sewed together. Even with surgery, patients may experience flare-ups.
Medications for Treating Crohn's Disease
There are several things you can do to reduce and manage your symptoms.
Where Can I Get More Information?
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America provides information on managing symptoms. The foundation provides forms for a dietary food diary and for tracking flare-ups. It also offers support groups for members to help each other understand and cope with Crohn's disease.
Note: This article was originally published on July 17, 2013 on PharmacyTimes.com. It has been edited and republished by U.S. News.