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Can steroids help Crohn's disease?

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Yes, steroids are one of the oldest treatments for Crohn's disease. Your doctor may suggest one:

Most sterioids will cut inflammation all over your body, not just in your intestines. They work quickly during flare-ups and can ease symptoms for days after you take them.

  • If your case is mild to moderate
  • If other drugs aren't helping
  • If your symptoms are severe right away

From: Drugs That Calm Crohn's Inflammation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease," "Types of Medications," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Corticosteroids," "Aminosalicylates."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Sulfasalazine and the 5-aminosalicylates."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease," "Types of Medications," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Corticosteroids," "Aminosalicylates."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Sulfasalazine and the 5-aminosalicylates."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on October 10, 2018

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