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How do you take steroids for Crohn's disease?

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You’ll probably start with the pill form of the drug. It goes into your bloodstream and spreads throughout your body.

But if you need the steroids to help only in a small areayou may have:

Ask your doctor if one of these could work for you.

  • Suppositories that go into your rectum and dissolve
  • Enemas
  • Rectal foams

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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