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What can happen if someone stops taking their Crohn's drugs?

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Even if your symptoms are gone and you feel great, don't stop taking your prescribed drugs unless your doctor tells you to. People who don't stick to their drug plan are more likely to get flare-ups. Over time, that can cause medical problems. Repeated flare-ups can lead to complications like narrowing of your intestines. Or you might get fistulas, which are tiny connections between the intestines and your skin or other organs.

SOURCES:

Cosnes, J. November 1999. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics,

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

Bolge, S. , February 2010. Clinical Therapeutics

Korzenik, J. , October 2008. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Mittermaier, C. , January-February 2004. Psychosomatic Medicine

Raymond Cross, MD, associate professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Cosnes, J. November 1999. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics,

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

Bolge, S. , February 2010. Clinical Therapeutics

Korzenik, J. , October 2008. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Mittermaier, C. , January-February 2004. Psychosomatic Medicine

Raymond Cross, MD, associate professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 10, 2018

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