Understanding Your Treatment Options
Because of the unpleasant and embarrassing nature of its symptoms, the impact of Crohn's disease (CD) can vary. Sometimes it may seem merely an inconvenience, while at other times it may become a debilitating condition  with symptoms that can significantly disrupt your everyday life.
That's why it's important to work with your doctor  to find a treatment that's right for you. Because CD symptoms can have such a dramatic impact on your everyday life, it's important to learn as much as you can about CD and approved treatment options.
When you have a chronic condition like moderately to severely active CD, it's important to keep looking for symptom relief and control. To expect more—like effective symptom control, achieving remission, even healing of the intestinal lining.
Choosing the treatment that's right for you
There are many different types of treatments available today for CD. Only you and your gastroenterologist can decide which treatment is right for you.
The goals of treating CD include:
- Achieving remission (periods of very few or no symptoms)
- Fast symptom control
- Eliminate steroid use
- Mucosal healing (healing the lining of the intestine)
Your doctor will select the treatment that's right for you. Treatments include, but are not limited to:
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