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How are 5-aminosalicylic acid drugs used to treat Crohn's disease?

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Most people with Crohn's first take a "5-ASA" drug. That's short for 5-aminosalicylic acid. These drugs work inside your intestines to reduce inflammation. Your gut is made up of your small intestine and your large intestine. 5-ASA drugs work best if you have mild to moderate Crohn's disease in your large intestine (also called the colon) or in the very last part of your small intestine. Once your symptoms improve, you can take a 5-ASA drug to prevent flare-ups.

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

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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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