Taking Medicines

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If you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD) – you are likely to be prescribed medication as part of your treatment. This information sheet looks at some of the most common questions asked about Crohn's and Colitis drugs and how to take them. 

Why are drugs used in Crohn's and Colitis?
Why might I need to take more than one drug?
What do I need to know before taking Crohn's or Colitis drugs?
Why do some drugs have several names?
Does it matter which one I have?
Why do drugs come in different forms?
Can other medicines affect Crohn's or Colitis drugs?
Does it matter if I don't take my drugs?
Can I alter the dose myself?
How safe are Crohn's and Colitis drugs?
What should I do if I am worried about side effects?
Do I need to take any special precautions when taking Crohn's or Colitis drugs?
How should I transport my medicines?
Who can I talk to about my treatment?
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Last reviewed: July 2001