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What kinds of drugs are used to treat Crohn's disease?

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Several types of can treat Crohn's. Usually the first step is to lower inflammation. Many people first get sulfasalazine (Azulfidine). Mesalamine (Asacol, Canasa, Pentasa) is another medication. Possible side effects of sulfasalazine and other mesalamine-containing drugs may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, and headache.

If sulfasalazine doesn’t work, your doctor may prescribe other types of drugs, including:

  • Olsalazine (Dipentum)
  • Balsalazide (Colazal, Qiazol)
  • Mesalamine (Asacol, Lialda, Pentasa, and others)

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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