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How are steroids used to treat Crohn's disease?

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These are one of the oldest treatments for Crohn's disease. If your case is moderate to severe, or if other drugs aren't helping, your doctor may recommend one. Most of them will cut down inflammation all through the body, not just in your intestines. They work quickly during flare-ups, sometimes easing symptoms within days after you start taking them. There are a few different steroid drugs, which you can take by mouth or through an IV.

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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