Pocket Guide to IBD, Second Edition

Marla Dubinsky, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD

Chapter 22: The Nonadherent Patient (continued)

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, FACP, AGAF

Your patient is feeling great and asks you, “Do I really need to take so much medicine? After all, it’s been a while (thankfully) since I’ve had a flare of my disease.” What should your response be? It is crucial to emphasize to your patients the importance of continuing their maintenance medications. Here is a partial list why: • IBD is a chronic, incurable disease, just like diabetes. You would not tell a diabetic to stop taking insulin just because he or she feels well. • The inflammation in the digestive tract is present even if a patient…