Crohn Disease (cont.)
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Crohn's Disease Medications
Often these medications are used together in various combinations, although they are also used alone. Like all drugs, these may have side effects that may require changing the dose or stopping the drug altogether.
Aspirin-like anti-inflammatory drugs
Corticosteroids probably work the best of any drugs used to treat Crohn's disease because they exert both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant effects. They can only be taken for short periods because of the many potentially severe side effects.
Immunosuppressants and biologic therapy
Immunosuppressants interfere with the development of immunological responses. They are an alternative treatment for people whose Crohn's disease has relapsed after steroid therapy.
Biologic therapy works against the tumor necrosis factor and are called anti-TNF agents
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/8/2013
Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, BS
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Simmy Bank, MD, MB, ChB
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