Medication

Posts relating to medication – except biological drugs

Life Lately | The Triple

The Triple Hi there, hello, welcome. They say things come in threes right? Well, that’s definitely true for me and my health. And this year has begun to already feel like the mother of all triples. These last ten days or so have been feeling like a triple, all of it’s own. Propranolol At the end of February, I was struggling to get into work. I was becoming more symptomatic with my IBD – Vedolizumab was scheduled but it would be overdue when I’d get into the unit for my infusion – and on top of that my anxiety was raging. One…

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Side Effects of Medication: When to Call it Quits

“I want you to start taking this” he says, gesturing to the patient leaflet before me, whilst he writes a script “and to understand the risks we have go through today. I think at present, this is going to be of most benefit and we shall review in 3 months time” How many of us have had this conversation with our consultant or member of our IBD team? I’ve had countless appointments and telephone consultations, even emails; where we have discussed new medication that would be of benefit to me, as the patient, to help reduce or elevate the current symptoms…

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Biological Treatment, Gratitude and Being Comfortable in Hospital

A year in the making. Last year, my September was tough. It was a positive consequence of my August and the decisions myself and my IBD team made to get me well again. A quick recap – View this post on Instagram #throwbacktuesday 🙈🙊 • • • This time last year I was one month post op from my subtotal colectomy. I was in the hospital having my first loading dose of my second restart of #Vedolizumab : time just, flies doesn’t it? Awkward cannula moment, always! 😂 More on my thoughts here – biological treatment, gratitude and being comfortable…

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Taking Steriods for an IBD flare up whilst living with …

Disclaimer: this is an expanded version of a previous post – IBD Basics: Corticosteriods which will now cover how to take steroids, how they work within the digestive tract and how this affected when having a stoma.    How do corticosteroids work? Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory agents for moderate to severe relapses of both UC and CD. They have no role in maintenance therapy for either disease. They mimic the effects of hormones your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. When prescribed in doses that exceed your body’s usual levels, corticosteroids suppress inflammation. This…

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#IBD Hour – Biological Treatments

Tonight I hosted the #IBDHour chat on Biological Treatments. In the last six years since I was diagnosed, I have found that I respond best to biological medications; which have given me good quality of life (QoL) and the ability to be closely monitored and managed by my IBD teams. In this post, I’ll answer – at length, because 240 characters and a tweet threads just aren’t enough! – the questions from the chat and provide some good links to resources and detail some more of my experiences with biological medications. Disclaimer: This information is based on my own personal…

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