Communicating effectively about IBD maintenance medications

(upbeat music) – Congratulations on retirement. How have you been spending your time? – [Patient] I’ve been hiking, camping, even.


(upbeat music) – Congratulations on retirement. How have you been spending your time? – [Patient] I’ve been hiking, camping, even some fly fishing. – That’s fantastic. And how have your IBD symptoms been? – Almost nonexistent. – More good news. Why do you think that is? – [Patient] Not only have I been active, I now I have time to eat better. I’ve been thinking, now
that I’m feeling better, can I stop taking my medication? – [Doctor] I wouldn’t retire
your medication just yet. It’s actually helping
you maintain remission which is why you haven’t
been experiencing symptoms. Why do want to stop? – [Patient] I’m just tried
of taking them every day. – [Doctor] Taking what we
call maintenance medication can be a challenge, many IBD
patients struggle with it. But stopping your medication
could cause your symptoms to become active or flare. – [Patient] Hmm, that makes sense. Okay, one last question. – That’s what I’m here for. – Are there any risks of
staying on medication too long? I’ve heard there can be
long-term side effects. – There are risks when
you take any medication. We just need to communicate
about how you’re feeling. To use your hiking terms, let’s
stay on the path we started. Are you comfortable with that? – Sounds good, I’ll continue
taking my medication. – Great, and if you find
yourself having any IBD symptoms jot them down and let’s make
a follow-up appointment. – [Patient] You got it. (upbeat music)

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