Hi meggie. In an earlier contribution to this group I related that I am taking no meds – just managing my Crohns entirely by diet. I want/need to say that I did not take this route until after I had been on prescribed meds for approximately one year, and changed regimen while slowly cutting back the meds. I didn’t reject the meds because I have no faith in their efficacy – they do work well for most people. But I didn’t fancy the risk of the, possible, long term side effects, which the dietary approach avoids. And, the case studies of the dietary approach did seem to show a high success rate. It certainly has worked for me. What I am saying is, that, for most newly diagnosed patients there is no need to be scared of the prescribed meds, so long as you are closely monitored – they did relieve my symptoms and they gave me time to research Crohns and it’s management. It was when I learned the recurrence rate with patients on meds that I believed there was something missing in the drugs approach – and that was a serious alteration in our diet. I knew that the drugs would always be there if I were to have a relapse so I reckoned the dietary route would be worth trying. I have to say also that I worked with the approval, and in the full knowledge, of my doctor and consultant. There are many patients who have survived well on meds for a long time and ongoing research may well throw up new, less risky, meds, so if you do stick to management with drugs there may be little reason to worry about adverse outcomes. The determining factor will be how you respond to the present meds and how much successful self-management you can find for your personal Crohns. I wish you good luck.