I don't think the drug companies will be what offers a cure.
But, on the other hand...they may be perceived as offering band-aid treatments...there are still some positives as per 5-ASA meds, but yes, some can have serious side effects from them ..but all in all, it's better than the serious side effects and handed-out-like-candy treatment of prednisone.
In saying that....who seem to be equally irresponsible are the "natural cures" aspect of treatments (which to me are still medications in a different form).
Now what is worse??? I take medications because the ones I take work for me. I'm truly grateful that my first and only GI wasn't the one down the hall...I'd've been on pred for sure and my story here would have been quite different. GUARANTEED!!!
I wouldn't say I'm lucky...I'd say that my doctor knows how to prescribe the medication properly. Here I go again about
rectal meds, but it's still an "ass"pect that's still sadly ignored...to the detriment of the patient especially if pred is initially offered.
Even those who are on natural treatments are still on medications....responsibility is still something that must come into play because not all supplements are totally free from problems or side effects or whatever. It's just that we are free to administer them at our own discretion sometimes at a very high cost financially or physically.
I personally don't see the difference....but I'd never stay on a med that made me feel worse than the disease I have..either mainstream med or natural.
If a doctor wouldn't prescribe accordingly (sans side effects) I would probably venture to other means, but I wouldn't blame the pharmaceutical companies...I'd blame the stupid neglectful and arrogant doctor.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 7/29/2009 8:45:39 PM (GMT-6)