When I went for my colonoscopy follow-up appointment I figured my doctor would again recommend that I start taking Imuran. I wasn’t about to do that, but I wanted to feel well prepared when I declined so I made a little tool and thought it might interest some of you.
I made a list of the possible treatments for Crohn’s including the usual drug selections, plus low dose naltrexone (LDN), the SCD and even no treatment at all. The list had four columns for each possible treatment; benefits, side effects, risks and notes. I did my research, filled in all the columns and for me, the risks column is what I hung my decision on.
For what it’s worth, here’s a PDF of the tool for you to use.
I thought about just giving you a copy of the one I filled out, but I believe the benefits, risks and notes columns can be very subjective. For instance, something I might consider a risk, you may consider a side effect given your particular situation, needs and goals.
Be sure to talk to your doctor and research the web for any other drugs or treatments.