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What immunosuppressants are used to treat Crohn's disease?

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Crohn's disease may also be treated with drugs that stop the immune system from causing inflammation. These drugs, called immunomodulators, change the way the immune system behaves. Immunosuppressants decrease the activity of the immune system, while immunostimulators increase the activity. Immunosuppressants prescribed for Crohn's disease include:

  • Azathioprine ( Azasan, Imuran)
  • Cyclosporine
  • 6-mercaptopurine (6MP, Purinethol)
  • Tacrolimus (Prograf)
  • Methotrexate (MTX, Rheumatrex, Trexall)

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn’s Diagnosis & Testing." "Crohn’s Disease Medication Options."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn’s Diagnosis & Testing." "Crohn’s Disease Medication Options."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2017

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