Communication is the key to any good relationship. Be sure to help your gastroenterologist understand your symptoms and how CD affects your daily life. By being open and honest with your doctor, you'll give yourself the best chance of benefiting from your treatment.
Even in the best doctor-patient relationships, there can sometimes be communication breakdowns that can have a significant impact on how well your condition is understood and the way that it's treated. Today more than ever, it can be hard for patients to connect with their doctors.
To gain insight into the communication challenges these patients face, in-person interviews with 18 gastroenterologists and 40 patients with inflammatory bowel disease were conducted and videotaped. Here's what was revealed:
And yet, some of the most important decisions that will be made in your life are made during these appointments.
To help you get the most from your appointment, we've created a Crohn's Disease Appointment Prep Guide . Simply download and print the guide, answer the questions, and bring it to your next appointment. Answering these questions will help you discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can then decide if treatment with REMICADE® may be right for you.
Below are some questions you may want to ask during your next visit:
When asking questions, make sure to have your gastroenterologist explain anything you may not understand.
Only your doctor can recommend a course of treatment after checking your health condition. REMICADE® (infliximab) can cause serious side effects such as lowering your ability to fight infections. Some patients, especially those 65 years and older, have had serious infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with REMICADE®.
Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking REMICADE® and azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including REMICADE®, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.
You should discuss any concerns about your health and medical care with your doctor.
What should I tell my doctor before I take REMICADE®?
You should let your doctor know if you have or ever had any of the following:
Also tell your doctor if you:
What should I watch for and talk to my doctor about before or while taking REMICADE®?
The following serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have been reported in people taking REMICADE®.
You should tell your doctor right away if you have any of the signs listed below:
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.