Medication

Posts relating to medication – except biological drugs

IBD Basics: Corticosteriods

What are Corticosteroids & Why are they important? Corticosteriods are a group of anti inflammatory medications – including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone – which mimic the hormones produced by the adrenal gland, which lies above the kidneys. The hormones created by the adrenal gland have many functions but one in particular is that is the ability to heal inflammation; particularly in…

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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…

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Life Lately: Vedolizumab Side Effects

When I feel ill last summer, I was given the opportunity to start Vedolizumab again. For the third time. At the time, I was given a ‘that speech’ about the risks and benefits of this medication and what it could do to me. You get this every time you start something new, it is a doctor’s prerogative to explain your…

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Vedolizumab: A Rocky New Start

Have you ever wanted to just get through something, so you can start to feel better? That’s how I’ve felt about this pending infusion. I’m not one to rush through something, to just reach the end and say it’s over and done with, I appreciate my struggle and woes as much as I appreciate and celebrate my highs and all…

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Vedolizumab: Here We Go Again – Third Times a Charm

Today has been bittersweet. I feel like I’ve said that a lot, but the excitement of actually getting back into this whole ‘back on biological medication’ routine has taken over the fact that this was my last outpatient appointment at my hospital. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I relocated at the start of the…

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The Return of… Everything

You always want to believe your consultant when they say “maybe we’ll be able to go a couple of years without any medications or big issues“. You believe because that is the sort of IBD dream isn’t it; managing without medical intervention? It was for me, back in June at my last appointment; full of confused optimism. Fast forward not…

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Erythema Nodosum – My Extra Intestinal Manifestation

This time last year I was going through a rather rough time. I had just left hospital after a week’s admission to treat a bowel infection following my bowel resection in May. Antibiotics, fluids, nutritional supplements and lots of rest later, I came home. Unfortunately, it would not be my last visit to the hospital that summer. What I did…

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Being Medication Free: It’s Effects on My Body

Let me begin by stating some facts: Since I was diagnosed in 2011, I have had only two short spells when I did not take any medication for my condition. Those two periods of time were only a couple of weeks long in each case. I have tried all the conventional medications for my Crohn’s disease – meaning I have…

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