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Crohn's Disease Treatment
The goals of treatment of Crohn's disease are to reduce the underlying inflammation, which then relieves symptoms, prevents complications, and maintains good nutrition.
Inflammation: Medications used in reducing inflammation in Crohn's disease include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, other immunosuppressants, biologics, and antibiotics. The types of medications most widely used in Crohn's disease are the following:
If these drugs are not successful in suppressing inflammation, the alternative is surgery.
Symptoms often go away when the inflammation is treated. Symptoms may be treated separately if necessary.
Most complications resolve when the inflammation is treated. Some, however, require additional treatment. A fistula, for example, usually is treated with antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Other medications may be tried to help heal the fistula, but these work in only about 30% to 40% of cases.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, BS
Paul Piccione, MD
Simmy Bank, MD, MB, ChB
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
BS Anand, MD
Venkatachala Mohan, MD
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