Ulcerative Colitis: Achieving and Maintaining Remission

Hannah R. Howell, PharmD

Disclosures

US Pharmacist. 2008;33(12):30-38. 

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Conclusion

With proper treatment, most patients with UC can lead normal, healthy lives. Compliance is vital for both induction and maintenance of remission, as well as for long-term colorectal cancer prophylaxis. Up to 60% of patients, however, may be noncompliant during periods of remission.[32] Since patients are more likely to stay in remission with ongoing treatment, it is imperative that they are educated on the importance of medication adherence, even during symptom-free periods. Pharmacists should take advantage of frequent contact with patients to ensure that patients are taking their medications correctly and to identify any potential problems or barriers to adherence that may need to be addressed.

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